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Lot 125

2016   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2016

1969 Ferrari Dino 206 GT

Coachwork by Scaglietti

Estimate

$700,000 - $800,000

Chassis

00378

Car Highlights

One of Only 153 Examples Built
Lightweight Alloy Coachwork
One Owner for 34 Years
Ferrari’s First Series-Built Mid-Engine Model
Purest Iteration of a Modern Sports Car Legend

Technical Specs

1,987 CC DOHC Tipo 135B Alloy V-6 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCN Carburetors
180 BHP at 8,000 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Girling Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
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From the Tony Shooshani CollectionOriginal Owner, Italy (acquired new in 1969)George Goodrich, San Francisco, California (acquired circa 1970)Akira Stevan Patrick, Woodside, California (acquired from the above circa 1979)Gullwing Motor Cars, Astoria, New York (acquired from the above in 2013)Tony Shooshani, Beverly Hills, California (acquired from the above in March 2014)

This outstanding example of Ferrari’s first production Dino road car is one of the few surviving examples of only 153 built. Though the Ferrari Dino’s inception is often linked to the introduction of the Dino 206 S Speciale show car on Pininfarina’s stand at the 1965 Paris Salon, the mid-engine model’s lineage can be traced even earlier.

In 1956, Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredino postulated technical details for a new racing V-6, but he passed away before the motor was ever built. The proposed engine was eventually developed for Formula 2 racing and then two-literclass sports car competition, appearing in mid-1960s racing models like the 196 SP and the 206 S Dino. These cars and their engines were named in honor of Dino Ferrari, and the motors even bore his signature.

“I love the Dino because it’s what Enzo did to pay homage to his son,” says the consignor, Tony Shooshani, who owns three other Dino GTs. “The model was pushing forward and keeping his son’s memory alive.”

Marketing and manufacturing was arranged with Fiat, and the Dino finally entered production as a road car in late 1968, with the 206 GT nomenclature denoting a 2.0-liter V-6. While the Dino GT continued in the same basic appearance over the following six years, only the 206 GT that was produced until late 1969 featured an all-alloy body, along with distinctive features such as a wood-rimmed steering wheel, chrome-plated locking fuel-filler cap, narrow exhaust tips, and knock-off Cromodora wheels.

According to the research of Ferrari expert Marcel Massini, chassis no. 00378 is the 140th example of 153 cars built. Completed by the factory in February 1969, the beautiful 206 was finished in Rosso Chiaro and trimmed with long-grain Skai upholstery. Originally sold into Italian ownership, the car is believed to have remained in Italy through the early 1970s, when it was imported to Northern California.

San Francisco resident George Goodrich retained possession for a few years before selling the car to Akira Stevan Patrick of Woodside, California. The son of Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice William Patrick, Stevan lived on the Midglen Studio estate designed and built by his father and three other Wright apprentices. Steeped in architectural flourishes, it was a fitting backdrop for Pininfarina’s artful design.

Early in his ownership, Mr. Patrick commissioned an exterior refinish in Rosso Dino and had the transaxle and engine rebuilt, after which the car experienced very little use, essentially becoming a display piece for the Midglen Studio. Other than these measures, the 206 GT features a very original interior and correct mechanical and cosmetic appointments throughout. After 35 years of ownership, Mr. Patrick sold the car in 2013 to Gullwing Motor Cars, and the beautiful 206 GT was then purchased by the consignor.

Mr. Shooshani is particularly fond of the Dino model, having owned as many as 15 different examples. “I love driving them,” he says. “I think they’re the most well-balanced mid-engine car that you could ever drive. You can drive them every day and enjoy them and go out and have a blast, and at the end of the day it’s still a Ferrari. I love the way they shift and corner. On a beautiful day on Mulholland Drive, my ideal driver is a Dino.”

Accompanied by a partial factory tool kit and jack, this outstanding 206 GT invites collectors and enthusiasts to celebrate its unique place in Ferrari history. As one of the final examples of the desirable alloy-bodied 206 GT, this handsome Dino would make a brilliant addition to any collection, and will be welcomed at marque gatherings and FCA events.