1973 Ferrari Dino 246GT “Barn Find”

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“The Dino name honoured Enzo Ferrari’s beloved son, who died of illness in 1956. No one quite realised it at the time, but the car on Pininfarina’s stand at the 1965 Paris Auto Salon was the forecast of Ferraris to come. Called the “Dino 206 S Speciale,” it was a sleek, competition-inspired coupe to be powered by the Ferrari-designed, mid-mounted V-6. A “research prototype” built on a racing chassis, it was merely eye-candy, as it had no engine. One year later, the real car appeared, called the Dino Berlinetta GT. It was a masterful blending of sensuous curves, outstanding surface development, and stunning proportions.

But, as Ferraris go, enough is never enough and within six months of introduction, the 246 GT was introduced. The 246 Dinos became the first Ferrari to receive pressed steel body panels that were fabricated at the Pininfarina factory in Turin. Body assembly followed at the Scaglietti works in Modena, prior to being transported to the Ferrari factory for mechanical assembly.

Renowned writer Mel Nichols noted in his test of the new 246 GT that “in all of motoring’s history, there have been few vehicles so balanced, integrated, and complete as this one.”
Presented from a deceased estate, Silverstone Auctions are pleased to offer a truly unique chance to acquire a garage find 1973 Ferrari Dino that has been hidden away since 1975.

This two-owner car is showing a believed genuine mileage of 13,932. Finished in the rare Verdi Pino colour (with rust brown details) with optional headlight covers and with contrasting Tan interior that features the ‘Chairs’ option of the Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona seats believed to be fitted from new, however we are not able to confirm this. Delivered new to Kirkcaldy, the first owner kept the car for just one year before selling it to the current deceased owner in 1974.

He was a well-known Motorcycle racer, who used to drive like he was racing on a track everywhere he went. Allegedly, the story of how the car became forgotten was that he was driving home in the Ferrari at his usual breakneck pace when the police caught up with him, well tried to at least…. He outran the police, raced straight home, parked it in the garage and feared using the car for some time. In the mean time he purchased a new car and soon the Dino was forgotten.

It stood in the garage for a further 39 years until it saw the daylight once again. As you have probably expected, the idea of finding a low owner, low mileage rare optioned Ferrari Dino with an interesting story of being untouched for the last 39 years is, unfortunately, too good to be true. A leaky garage roof has meant the car has suffered from a severe case of what some may call water staining whilst others would say its simply rotten as a pear. Whatever choice words you used to describe the car, as you can see from the images it is in need of a total restoration.

That being said offered with a current V5C and without reserve, with the prices of Ferrari Dinos continuing to rise in leaps and bounds it is surely a worthwhile project for someone who wants a unique Dino that is a genuine barn find.”

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