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Dr. A.E. Carlotti Jr., East Greenwich, Rhode Island (acquired circa 1973)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
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 00178, is one of the earliest examples of the 206 GT known to survive. According to Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, 00178 was originally finished in Rosso Dino (20-R-350) with the interior upholstered in black vinyl and orange cloth. In 1968, the Dino was sold new to official Ferrari dealer M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.s. in Milan and subsequently registered in Italy. In the early 1970s, the 206 GT was exported to the US and, by 1973, was sold to Dr. A.E. Carlotti Jr. of East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Virtually untouched for over 30 years, this unrestored 206 GT is an ideal candidate for a concours-quality restoration. Though the car appears to have been cosmetically freshened in the late 1970s, many important model-specific features remain intact, and it presents as a time capsule today with a number of charming period upgrades present, including Audiovox speakers and a roof-mounted radio antenna.
In recent months, 00178 has been inspected by marque specialists and was found to be a remarkably genuine example, retaining many of the hallmarks of a fundamentally original and unrestored 206 GT. The chassis number, riveted data tag, and body stampings are present in the expected locations; much of the original interior has been retained; and the aluminum bodywork appears sound and free from significant alteration.
As an early-production, alloy-bodied 206 GT, this Dino is a particularly rare and desirable example of Ferrari’s original mid-engine production sports car. Consider then its ideal original color combination, long-term ownership, and authentic character, and you have a car that possesses all the qualities one looks for in a classic Ferrari.