For Sale at Auction: 1970 Ferrari Dino in Monterey, California

Vehicle Description

Chassis No. 00600
Engine No. 000.5317
Transmission No. 255

In November 1969, exactly two years after the debut of the mid-engined 206 GT under the newly-formed Dino marque, Ferrari unveiled the Dino 246 GT having already begun production months earlier. Its appearance at the Turin Motor Show that year came shortly after Fiat took a 50-percent stake in Ferrari, which included moving production of the new Dino 246 GT to their Turin plant where the Fiat Dino had been in production since 1966. The 246 GT, therefore, represented a more refined Dino, with Fiat's major investment and manufacturing might ushering in a new era of two-seater Ferrari sports cars.

The Dino's timeless Pininfarina-designed coachwork, now rendered in steel, remained almost identical to its predecessor - its engine cover slightly elongated to accommodate its 2.1-inch longer wheelbase. The Formula Two homologation regulations, which had necessitated the 206 GT's two-liter displacement were no longer in effect, allowing Ferrari to increase the Dino's engine capacity to 2.4-liters. Still transversely mounted and topped with triple Weber carburetors, the enlarged V6 produced a claimed 195-horsepower, more than compensating for the added weight.

Completed on 4 February 1970, this particular Dino 246 GT hails from the first of three series of cars referred to as "L," "M," and "E" to differentiate minor variations in production. Early "L-Series" cars, produced from late 1969 through 1970, are supremely desirable and are unofficially designated as an "interim car" by connoisseurs for their mixture of 206 GT and 246 GT features. They retain the 206 GT's Cromodora single knock-off wheels, 206-style seats and dashboard, and a lightweight aluminum front lid, while benefiting from improvements like the more powerful 2.4-liter engine and servo-assisted disc brakes. As documented by Marcel Massini, chassis number 00600 is the 98th Dino 246 GT of 355 L-Series Dinos.

Finished in 20-W-152 Bianco Polo (White) over a 161 Nero Similpelle (Black leatherette) interior, this left-hand-drive Dino was retained by the Ferrari factory in Maranello for use in further development testing by the Reparto Esperienze (Experience Department). In a letter dated 15 April 1997 from Ferrari Assistenza Tecnica, chassis 00600 is described as being modified from its original center-bolt, knock-off wheels for testing of the five-bolt wheel attachment system that would appear on production M-Series Dinos. As a result, 00600 is believed to be the first Dino featuring five-bolt wheels to be sold into private ownership when in June 1971, the car was sold by the factory displaying approximately 3,000 kilometers to Guido Conti of La Spezia, Italy. Conti drove the Dino as it was intended, as evidenced by the 21,130 kilometers displayed on the odometer when it returned to Ferrari Factory Assistenza Clienti at Viale Trento Trieste in Modena for service in September 1971. Conti then passed 00600 down to his grandson, Gianpiero Conti of Bologna, Italy in December 1982, who would retain the car as a cherished member of the family for a further 14 years.

After residing with a documented sequence of Italian owners in the late 1990s, the Dino was imported to the Netherlands in 1999 where it entered the care of Nico Koel showing approximately 50,000 kilometers. Shortly thereafter, Koel entrusted the renowned Ferrari specialists at Piet Roelofs Engineering in Oosterbeek, Holland to oversee a mechanical overhaul of the suspension and matching-numbers transmission. During Koel's 14-year stewardship, chassis 00600 received Ferrari Classiche certification in 2007 and was featured in issue no. 195 of Cavallino magazine in October 2013, a digital copy of which is on file, before finally parting with the car later that year.

As a part of the Academy of Art University collection since 2015, this spectacular Classiche-certified L-Series Dino 246 GT has been remarkably well kept and is believed to retain a large amount of its original factory finishes. Additionally, it still rides on its as-delivered five-bolt Cromodora wheels - likely the first production example to feature this mounting system before it appeared on all subsequent Dinos. With a comprehensive history file of Italian and Dutch registration records documenting a series of keepers from new, and boasting a matching-numbers engine and transmission, chassis 00600 is undoubtedly one of the finest examples offered in recent memory.

Vehicle Details

  • 1970 Ferrari Dino
  • Listing ID: CC-1752435
  • Price: Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Monterey, California
  • Year:1970
  • Make:Ferrari
  • Model:Dino
  • Odometer:84535
  • Stock Number:273
  • VIN:D1NO246GT00600
Listed By:
Broad Arrow Auctions
300 Skypark Dr.
Monterey, CA 93940

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