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One of Only 153 Examples BuiltGardner DeSpain, Playa del Rey, California (acquired in 1968 via Garage La Rotonda)Mr. Flame, San Diego, California (1975 to 1977)Stanley Bishop, Rialto, California (acquired from the above in 1977)William LeMasters, San Juan Capistrano, California (acquired from the above in 1987)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Newport Beach Concours d’Elegance, Newport Beach, California, 1996 (First in Class)Ferrari Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California, 1997Del Mar Concours d’Elegance, Del Mar, California, 2010 (Second in Class)Concorso Ferrari, Pasadena, California, May 2013
The story of Ferrari’s first mid-engine production car begins at the 1965 Paris Motor Show, where Pininfarina unveiled the dramatic Dino Berlinetta Speciale. Based on a competition 206 SP chassis, this concept paved the way for the introduction of a road-going, mid-engine Ferrari. After the initial Dino Berlinetta GT prototype was completed in December 1966, series production of the 206 GT began in June 1968 and ended in April 1969, when the 246 GT was introduced.
Undoubtedly the most rare, distinctive, and important Dino model, the original 206 GT possesses many unique aesthetic and mechanical characteristics.
At a glance, a 206 GT can be distinguished from its more common brethren by its knock-off Cromadora wheels, wood-rimmed steering wheel, chrome-plated locking fuel filler cap, unique exhaust tips, exterior lighting, and special interior appointments. Constructed on a 2,280 mm wheelbase, the 206 GT features exquisite alloy coachwork and a two-liter alloy V-6, contributing to a curb weight of less than 2,000 lbs.
In total, Ferrari built just 153 examples of the 206 GT, a miniscule fraction of the total production of 4,067 Dinos. Contributing further to the 206 GT’s rarity is the model’s astonishingly low rate of survival; it is estimated that 25%–30% of the original production has been irretrievably lost.
The Dino presented here, chassis 00126, is the fourteenth 206 GT completed and one of the earliest examples of the model known to survive.
As documented by marque historian Marcel Massini, 00126 was first delivered to official Ferrari dealer Renato Nocentini’s Garage La Rotonda in October 1968, and registered in Florence. By the end of 1968, the 206 GT was sold to Gardner DeSpain in Playa del Rey and, remarkably, it has never left Southern California.
When William LeMasters purchased the 206 GT from his friend Stanley Bishop in 1987, it was in unrestored condition, having covered just 41,000 km (about 25,500 miles). Between 1994 and 1997, Mr. LeMasters undertook a comprehensive restoration that is the foundation of the car’s superb condition today. During the restoration process, noted 206 GT specialist Dennis McCann was consulted for his expertise and the project is documented by an impressive collection of invoices, photographs, and correspondence.
The eye-catching presentation of 00126 has since been recognized with awards at leading California concours events and a prominent feature in the Salon section of Road & Track magazine. Beautifully presented in all respects, this 206 GT is also offered with a tool kit and rare model-specific handbooks.
For the collector in search of a fine example of the exceptionally rare, alloy bodied Dino 206 GT, 00126 is a particularly appealing candidate worthy of serious consideration.