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Dr. A.E. Carlotti Jr., East Greenwich, Rhode Island (acquired circa 1973)Private Collection, California (acquired from the above in 2014)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Ferrari Club of Naples, Cars on 5th, Naples, Florida, February 2017Ferrari Club of America International Concours, Daytona, Florida, April 2017
Considered 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 brethren by its knock-off Cromodora 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.
Ferrari built just 153 examples of the 206 GT, a minuscule 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% to 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. The Dino remained in Dr. Carlotti’s care until 2014, when it was sold to a California-based Ferrari enthusiast. After it arrived in his stable, the unrestored car was mechanically recommissioned as it had been sitting for several years in static storage. Though the Dino had been cosmetically freshened in the late 1970s, many important model-specific features remained intact, and it retained several charming period upgrades, including Audiovox speakers and a roof-mounted radio antenna.
After acquiring the car in January 2015, the current owner sent the Dino to Top Gear Autoworks in Minneapolis for additional mechanical attention with the idea of preparing it for further use. During his ownership, the Dino has been entered in two Florida events, most notably the Ferrari Club of America International Concours at Daytona in April 2017, where it was exhibited in the Early Preservation class and then driven at speed on the famous circuit.
As an early production, alloy-bodied 206 GT, this Dino is a particularly rare and desirable example of Ferrari’s first mid-engine production sports car. Due to its ideal color combination, long-term ownership, and fundamentally original character, this is a car that possesses all the qualities one looks for in a classic Ferrari.