This classic and nowadays much sought-after Ferrari was named after Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredino, who died in 1956, aged 24. Enzo Ferrari credits his son with the inspiration for a series of successful small and medium capacity V6 racing engines built by Ferrari from 1956, and in turn the name was given to a new line of mid-engine production Ferrari V6 coupés, which first went on sale in 1969 in two-litre form.
The definitive 246 Dino, with its 2.4 litre V6, appeared in late 1969 and fewer than 4,000 were built (about 1,200 of them the detachable roof Spyder version) before introduction of the slightly larger, and completely re-styled V8 engined 308 Dino in 1973.
The delightful bodywork was designed by Pininfarina, and was built in steel by Scaglietti. It covered a straightforward chassis of tubular steel which carried wishbone independent suspension at each corner. The compact engine, with four chain-driven overhead camshafts, was mounted transversely above the five-speed gearbox and just ahead of the rear axle line, allowing both a comfortable cockpit and usable boot space.
With its flexible engine, uncomplicated chassis, outstanding handling and superb looks the 246 Dino is a true classic, the likes of which has made the name Ferrari possibly the most revered of all motor manufacturers. It is certainly one of the most collectible of all Seventies sports cars.
Chassis Number 03534 has had just three owners from new. The second owner purchased the car in 1990 from the first owner through a Ferrari Dealership in Eindhoven Holland. At this time the car had covered only 29,000 miles. After he purchased the car, the Ferrari Dealer stripped the engine and rebuilt the unit with all new gaskets and rubber rings. The suspension, brakes, and ancillaries were also attended to (photos are available to support this).
In 2005 the car was subject to a cosmetic restoration. Work included renewing the leather interior (although the original dashboard was retained) and a repaint in the stunning colour of Argento Auteil Silver. Both interior and paint are presented in excellent condition.
The car subsequently changed hands again in 2015, and has since formed part of a significant UK collection in the South of England. Used sparingly and recently serviced, the Dino has been used to take part in a variety of Goodwood Members meetings and Blenheim Palace Concours events. We are informed the car is admired where ever it has been seen, which is testament to its condition.
Supplied with its original US title, books, warranty cards , bill of sale from 1990 at Ferrari Eindhoven and a variety of maintenance bills, this has one of the to be the lowest ownership and indeed lowest mileage Ferrari Dinos on the market today. This wonderful car would grace any significant worldwide collection.
Ferrari Dino 246 GT gallery
Three owners from new. 35,000 miles
On sale at Coys’ Olympia auction, Saturday 18 February 2017: