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From the Peter Klutt Legendary Motorcar CollectionScuderia Filipinetti, Geneva, Switzerland (purchased new in spring 1967 from Ferrari)Pierre Bardinon, Mas du Clos, Abusson, France (acquired from Georges Filipinetti in October 1967)Corrado Cupellini, Bergamo, Italy (acquired from the above in October 1983)Bernie Carl, Washington, D.C. (acquired from the above in August 1997)Chris Cox, Raleigh, North Carolina (acquired from the above in 1998)Jim Spiro, New Orleans, Louisiana (acquired from the above later in 1998)David Scaife, Pennsylvania (acquired from the above in 1999)Katsu Kubota, Japan (acquired in 2001)Chris Cox, Raleigh, North Carolina (acquired in 2006)Christian Briggs, Texas (acquired circa 2009)Chris Cox, Raleigh, North Carolina (acquired circa 2011)Peter Klutt/Legendary Motorcar, Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada
12 Hours of Sebring, April 1967, Herbert Müller/Günter Klass, no. 34 (retired in 4th hour, classified 49th Overall)1000 Km of Nürburgring, May 1967, No. 34, Jean Guichet/Herbert Müller (DNS)
The 34th Annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Mazda RacewayLaguna Seca, California, August 2007The XX Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach, Florida, January 2011The Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s, Plymouth, Michigan, July 2013 (Gerald Roush Trophy for the Most Significant Ferrari)
While Ferrari is best known for its classic V-12 models, the Scuderia’s masterful engineers possessed the uncanny ability to meet the specific demands of a bewildering array of racing events and regulations. A perfect case in point is Ferrari’s Dino V-6 racing engine, named in tribute to Enzo Ferrari’s late son Alfredino with early development by Vittorio Jano. Dino V-6s were immensely successful, earning Ferrari its first Grand Prix Manufacturer’s Championship in 1958, followed by the 1961 World Championship-winning 156 F1 Sharknose and the 1961 Targa Florio-winning 246 SP.
Directly sired from the Dino 166 P – the first Ferrari to carry “Dino” as opposed to “Ferrari” badges on its nose – the Dino 206 S (Sport) arrived in 1966 as Ferrari’s contender in the 2.0-liter sports class. Required production of 50 cars for FIA homologation was never fulfilled due to labor unrest; accordingly, the 206 S was redesignated “206 SP” (Sports Prototype) with just 18 built in all. Bodies were built at Piero Drogo’s Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena.
By mid-1967, Ferrari turned over its remaining vehicles to private teams. This example, chassis 026, was sold directly by SEFAC Ferrari to the Swiss Scuderia Filipinetti. It was first raced by them at the 12 Hours of Sebring on April 1, 1967, driven by Herbert Müller and Günter Klass, with the car displaying no. 34. The two drivers performed well in practice and qualified 15th despite mechanical gremlins limiting straight-line speed. Race day saw Müller and Klass charging hard, running as high as 10th Overall and challenging the class-leading Porsches until Müller suffered a cracked suspension bushing, and consequent braking problems on lap 63 going into the fourth hour of the race. While no longer in contention, Müller and Klass pressed on and were forced to settle for 49th overall out of 61 entries.
After Sebring, chassis 026 was returned to the Ferrari factory for service and sorting in preparation for the Nürburgring 1000 Km slated for May 27, 1967. The SEFAC Ferrari team driver, Jean Guichet, was paired up with Müller, and as at Sebring, chassis 026 wore no. 34. In practice, the Dino suffered an undetected fuel leak and an engine fire erupted as Guichet approached the remote Hatzenback Woods. Guichet pulled off but was unable to extinguish the flames, which severely damaged the engine, gearbox, and much of the rear bodywork. The damaged racer was sent to Switzerland to Scuderia Filipinetti to await repairs; however, the damage was such that repairs were deemed not worth the expense.
In October 1967, chassis 026, untouched and unrepaired, was sold as part of a package with Ferrari 412P chassis 0848 to highly respected Ferrari collector Pierre Bardinon. Mr. Bardinon kept the car as such until Italian Ferrari enthusiast Corrado Cupellini purchased the complete car, still in its untouched state, from Bardinon in 1983. Next, Cupellini initiated and completed a lengthy and comprehensive restoration, with direct assistance from Ferrari. Interestingly, the engine supplied by Ferrari was an ex-Tasman Series 246 F2 unit mated to a Hewland transaxle. As equipped, Cupellini raced the car on several occasions, including the 1995 Tutte le Ferrari event in Mugello, the 1996 Ferrari Spa Days, and in Shell Historic Ferrari Maserati Challenge races at Nürburgring.
Shortly thereafter, the car was purchased by Bernie Carl of Washington, D.C., who sent it to Terry Hoyle Engineering in Malden, UK, for restoration. That project included installation of an original ex-SEFAC factory team Tipo 231 B 206 S engine (no. 15) with rare twin-spark-plug ignition and fuel injection – delivering approximately 220 bhp – matched with a proper Tipo 537 gearbox. Subsequent owners read like a Who’s Who of the classic Ferrari world, including Chris Cox, who purchased 026 from Mr. Carl in 1998 and would own it twice more during the 2000s. Others include Jim Spiro, who tested the car at least twice at Willow Springs Raceway in 1998 and 1999, David Scaife, Katsu Kubota, Christian Biggs, and finally Peter Klutt, who purchased the Dino in December 2012. At the 2013 Concours d’Elegance of America, it was awarded the Gerald Roush Trophy for Most Significant Ferrari.
Blessed with unbroken and undisputed provenance, this Dino 206-026 was also the subject of detailed examination by noted Ferrari expert and historian Marcel Massini. Mr. Massini spent two days at the Legendary Motorcar facilities during the summer of 2014, during which time he thoroughly examined the Dino’s chassis with a high level of scrutiny. Using the information on the chassis, he systematically compared it to the detailed photographs that he himself took of the car while at Pierre Bardinon’s residence in 1983. Among the many tell-tale items reviewed, Massini reviewed the individual locations of various mounting brackets, rivet holes, hangers, and welds, plus patina and other significant details. Mr. Massini’s findings were conclusively stated in a letter that accompanies the sale of Dino 206-026. “After spending two days of thorough inspection, I have come to the conclusion that this can only be the old original frame from 1967. Every point, from front to rear, match to the photos I took in 1983. The only tubes that show evidence of change or repair are the upper tubes to support the engine. Other than these, I believe the chassis is completely original.”
In addition to Mr. Massini’s letter, the Dino is offered complete with copies of Mr. Massini’s detailed images, the historical report he compiled on the car, and an abundance of photographs depicting the car throughout its well-known history. As such, it represents a simply wonderful and irreplaceable part of Ferrari’s rich and glorious competition legacy.