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Ranked among the most beautiful and engaging automobiles ever conceived, Ferrari’s 206 and 246 Dino were the product of Maranello’s successful V-6 racing-engine program of the 1950s and 1960s. Derived from the 166 P and 206 SP sports-racers of the mid-1960s and two exotic Pininfarina show cars, the 206 GT debuted in 1967 as the first mid-engine production car from Ferrari, and spearheaded the new “Dino” brand.
Breaking from Ferrari’s usual practice of taking a racing chassis and civilizing it, the Dino 206 GT was a purpose-built road car with racing DNA. Sinewy bodywork was penned by veteran Pininfarina stylist Aldo Brovarone, constructed by Ferrari’s longtime coachbuilding partner Scaglietti, and draped over a tubular steel frame with double-wishbone underpinnings. Visually suggestive of performance, the 206 GT entered production in February 1968 with 153 examples built. The 246 GT arrived in 1969, with an enlarged 2.4-liter engine. Steady refinement defined production, with nearly 2,500 of the 246 GT built.
This stunning Dino 246 GT, chassis 03392, was completed by Ferrari on February 17, 1972, finished in Marrone (Metallic Brown) over a beige interior, as documented by a report on file from Ferrari historian Marcel Massini. The Dino was originally retailed through Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada, Ferrari’s official West Coast distributor. Its first private owner was John Matesich who kept the Dino for a short time before selling it to Bruce Kramer of Rockford, Illinois. In 1980, Kramer sold the Ferrari, with the odometer showing just 21,000 miles, to another Illinois-based collector who retained it until 1994. Well-known Ferrari specialist Eddie Karam acquired the Dino, and by 2000 it was purchased by collector David Scaife of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, showing 34,825 miles. During the remaining 20 years, the Dino has been owned by three additional stewards, all using the car sparingly, as demonstrated by its current mileage of 39,025.
While painted at some point in the classic shade of Rosso Chiaro (Light Red), the Dino is a fundamentally unrestored example and has always been a model of careful preservation. Its original interior appears intact and presentable, with patina commensurate with its limited mileage. The body number (628) can be seen on multiple locations on the bodywork, and it retains its books, tool kit, and jack. In current ownership, the Dino was professionally detailed and serviced, with five new and proper Michelin XWX tires installed.
From the alluring Pininfarina-designed shape to the potent performance of its 2.4-liter four-cam V-6 engine, this classic 246 GT is as exciting and relevant as ever. As an honest and beautifully presented Italian thoroughbred, it is sure to bring pride and satisfaction to its lucky new owner.