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Lot 128

1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

  • Chassis no. 03292

Sold for £201,600


195 bhp, 2,418 cc DOHC V-6 engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with A-arms, coil springs, and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,350 mm

  • European-specification variant with 195 brake horsepower
  • Recent freshening by Grimaldi Engineering
  • One of only 497 M-Series Dinos


Enzo Ferrari’s late son, Alfredo, known to his family as “Dino”, inspired the Ferrari of the same name. Dino Ferrari, who had been groomed and educated to eventually assume the reins of his father’s company, was an early proponent of small displacement six-cylinder technology. After earning his engineering degree, he began to develop a new V-6 racing engine before his untimely death at the young age of 24. To honour his son’s memory, Enzo directed legendary engineer Vittorio Jano to finish Dino’s work, thus creating a series of very successful six-cylinder engines that ultimately powered various Ferrari Formula One and Two and sports racing cars.

A number of years later, Ferrari built a prototype Dino 206 GT, which was first displayed at the 1965 Paris Salon. This was followed by an updated concept shown at the Turin Motor Show in 1966, which was later put into production in 1968. It was powered by the 180-horsepower, 1,986-cubic centimetre V-6 engine, and it was not only Ferrari’s first mid-engine production car, but it also represented the debut of a new Ferrari-based Dino brand that, in keeping with Enzo’s intention to honour his son, was entirely devoid of Ferrari badging. When the production Dino 206 GT first appeared, numbers were so limited that almost all were sold within Italian borders, with very few escaping to other parts of the world. Regardless of marketing, the car’s Ferrari heritage was clear, and its performance became even more exhilarating in 1969. The V-6 was enlarged to 2,418 cubic centimetres and its output was increased to 195 horsepower in the Dino’s ultimate evolution, the 246 series.

This early European-specification Ferrari Dino 246 GT was originally finished in red with a black interior, and it was first delivered, wearing registration number TVU 5K, in February 1972 to a motor dealer in London. The car soon moved out of the city with the first registered owner, a Mr D. James, of Cheshire. In June of that year, the car was sold back to London to a Mr Price. It is believed that Price sold the car to Tim H. Walton, who resided in Maidenhead, in 1978, and he subsequently sold the car to Richard H. Young, also of Maidenhead, in 1979. The Dino was then purchased by Leslie Meek, of Young, in 1985. It was bought in the UK before Meek decided to move to the United States and import his Dino to Tennessee. Recently, the car was treated to a mechanical freshening before being shipped from Tennessee back to London. The car remained with Meek until 2011, and service records from Ferrari specialists in both the UK and the U.S. during his ownership are included with the car’s file.

This Dino was then acquired by its current owner, who sent it to Grimaldi Engineering in Essex in July 2014, where it received a major service to ensure that it would be ready for road use in the hands of its next custodian. At this time, the carburettors were overhauled, the valve clearance was adjusted, a new fuel pump and steering rack were fitted, the brakes were overhauled, and the car received its annual MOT inspection. Several minor non-original parts, including the washer bag, washer pump, and indicator stalk, were replaced with factory-correct parts.

The Dino marked a turning point for Ferrari. It was the only production car that combined the dynamic advantages of a mid-mounted engine without the angular wedge-shape designs that would characterise Ferraris from the mid-’70s well into the ’90s. The design is truly timeless, and the Dino’s driving characteristics truly rival its looks. In either hardtop or open-air configuration, the Dino 246 genuinely delivers the driving sensation only a Ferrari can deliver. Following a recent service by Ferrari specialists, this example would surely provide a fantastic driving experience for its next owner.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

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Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

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Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more