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Ferrari Classiche Certified | A Superbly Original ExampleGuido Conti, La Spezia, Italy (acquired from Ferrari in June 1971)Gianpiero Conti, Italy (acquired from the above in 1982)Giovanni Ferrari, Italy (acquired from the above in 1997)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 1999)
Consistently ranked among the most beautiful automobiles ever conceived, the “Dino” sports car was an inspired offshoot of Ferrari’s V-6 racing program of the 1950s and 1960s. Immediately successful, the first Vittorio Jano-engineered “Dino” V-6, named in honor of Enzo Ferrari’s late son Alfredino, powered Ferrari to its first Grand Prix Manufacturer’s Championship and Mike Hawthorn to the driver’s title in 1958. Further development resulted in the 1961 World Championship-winning 156 F1 and the 246 SP sports racer, Ferrari’s first mid-engine car and the victor at the 1961 Targa Florio.
Planned use of a V-6 in Formula 2 and looming FIA homologation requirements for 1967 demanded series production. To ease the burden for low-volume Ferrari, a partnership was forged with Fiat to build the engines, with the resulting launch products being Fiat’s Pininfarina-built Dino Spyder, debuted for 1966, and the Bertone-bodied Dino coupe from 1967.
Ferrari’s eventual V-6 road cars were rooted in Pininfarina’s “Dino 206 S Speciale” styling exercise based on a 206 SP chassis, first shown at the 1965 Paris Salon. Increasingly refined developments figured prominently on the European auto show circuit over the next several years. The first production Dino, designated 206 GT, debuted at Turin in 1967, heralding the first mid-engine production car by Ferrari and the launch product of its new “Dino” brand. Just 153 were produced.
The definitive 246 GT arrived in spring 1969, with public introduction that autumn at Turin. A power boost to 195 hp was achieved with an enlarged 2,418 cc engine, now made of cast iron. Body shells were now mainly steel. Capable of startling performance and excellent handling, the 246 GT swiftly earned accolades. Over 2,500 were built. The Targa-roof 246 GTS debuted for 1972 and was produced alongside the GT through July 1974. While small in number, the 206 and 246 were exceedingly influential, with Ferrari’s V-8 road cars, including the 308 and 328, continuing the Dino’s basic styling cues and layout through the 1980s.
Finished in Bianco Polo Parc (Polo White) with black vinyl upholstery and numbered 00600, this Dino 246 GT was the 98th of the 355 “L” models produced. Notably, the “L” featured alloy doors and lids, amongst other unique features shared with the 206. Manufactured in February 1970 as a left-hand-drive, European-specification example, it was retained by Ferrari and utilized by the experimental department, where it was modified from the original single “knock-of” wheel hubs to the new five-bolt configuration introduced on the subsequent M Series cars. Following its tenure as a factory test and development car, the gearbox of 00600 was overhauled and a new engine was installed.
The Dino was sold to its first private owner, Guido Conti of La Spezia, Italy, in June 1971. As discussed by Matthias Bartz in Dino Compendium, “…chassis number 00600 is the only L Series car sold to a customer that did not have central locking hubs that were characteristic of this series.” A letter dated April 15, 1997, written by Angelo Amadesi of the Ferrari Technical Assistance department, also references the special status enjoyed by 00600. Interestingly, its body number – 246 – matches the car’s 246 GT model designation.
The consignor located the Dino in Italy during 1999 as a fantastically original example with just 50,000 kilometers of use, retaining its original paint finish and interior upholstery as confirmed by the Ferrari Classiche department. Following acquisition, Piet Roelofs, the noted Ferrari engine specialist from Holland, performed a mechanical restoration. The exceptional paint and black vinyl upholstery were retained and the consignor has enjoyed the Dino for 30,000 kilometers during his tenure. Ferrari Classiche certification was issued in 2007. Most recently, 246 GT 00600 was the cover subject of the June/July 2013 edition (Issue 195) of Cavallino. As offered, 00600 marks a wonderful and highly original example of Ferrari’s first and particularly influential mid-engine series of road cars. Accompanied by the unforgettable mechanical symphony emanating from its race-bred “Dino” engine, it is simply one of the finest 246 GTs in existence today.