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Coachwork by Scaglietti
From a Private Southern California CollectionFranco Manetti, Italy (acquired circa 1973)Richard LeBlond, Phoenix, Arizona (acquired from the above in 1976)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2007)
The story of Ferrari’s first mid-engine production car begins at the 1965 Paris Motor Show, where Pininfarina unveiled the Dino Berlinetta Speciale. Based on a competition 206 SP chassis, this styling 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.
The most rare, distinctive, and important Dino model, an 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 Cromodora wheels, wood-rimmed steering wheel, chrome-plated exposed fuel filler cap, unique exhaust tips, exterior lighting, and special interior appointments. Constructed on a 2,280 mm wheelbase, the 206 GT features exquisite aluminum coachwork by Scaglietti and a two-liter alloy V-6, contributing to a curb weight of less than 2,500 lbs.
Ferrari built just 153 examples of the 206 GT, a figure that accounts for less than 5% of total Dino production. Contributing further to the model’s rarity is a low rate of survival; it is estimated that a quarter of those produced have been irretrievably lost.
As documented by Dino authority Matthias Bartz, this 206 GT, chassis no.00222, was first delivered to the official Ferrari dealer in Florence, Italy: Renato Nocentini’s Garage La Rotonda. The Dino, originally finished in Rosso Chiaro (20-R-190) with black upholstery trimmed in long-grain vinyl and fabric, is understood to have spent its earliest years in Milan.
Owned for a period by Italian car collector Franco Manetti, the 206 GT was sold in 1976 to Richard LeBlond of Phoenix, Arizona. In the late 1980s, Mr. LeBlond disassembled the car, intending to complete a full restoration, but 00222 remained in static storage until 2007, when it was sold to the current owner.
In 2010, the current owner embarked on an exacting nut-and-bolt restoration with the aim of making it one of the best examples of this rare model. During this process, the 206 GT was stripped to bare metal and the original aluminum skin carefully removed to allow complete access to the inner body structure and chassis frame. The bodywork was primarily overseen by Peter Hogenes in Vista, California, with Beckman Metal Works, I.D. Designs, and Jake’s Coachbuilding contributing to the project. As this work was being carried out, Jens Paulsen rebuilt the engine, while other specialists addressed the various mechanical and electrical systems. Bill Attaway of La Mesa, California, oversaw the final stages of this six-year restoration, taking special care to ensure that 00222 is among the finest and most accurately restored 206 GTs.
As presented, 00222 has seen little use since its restoration. Striking in its original Rosso Chiaro livery, this Dino is beautifully and sensitively restored down to the smallest detail. An example of this attention is the presence of original Automobile Club d’Italia registration stickers affixed to the rear glass – a reminder of the car’s early history and a testament to its authentic character.
This Ferrari is presented with rare 206 GT-specific owner’s handbooks, tool roll, jack kit, and factory sales brochure. It also is accompanied by an extensive restoration file that contains numerous photos and invoices totaling over $350,000.
Offered at public auction for the first time and never before displayed or judged at a concours, this exceptional 206 GT is quite possibly the finest restored example of a rare breed. Eligible for numerous international events, fully outfitted with the model-specific accessories, and beautifully presented following an exacting restoration by marque specialists, 00222 will appeal to the collector who demands the very best.