A legendary Ferrari of the 1960s
One of the most famous models by the Italian carmaker is coming up at Le Mans in a sale staged just before the 24 Hours drivers' parade.
In fact, two Dino GTs will be up for sale, a Type L and a beige Type M, brought into service on 29 December 1971, with only 6,700 km on the clock, which should fetch around €290,000. These exceptional cars come from a single collection belonging to Mr Pierre V, who has maintained them in perfect condition. He obtained the Dino 246 GT Type L in June 1992 after it was serviced by Ferrari's official importer in France, Charles Pozzi, established in Levallois. It was then entirely restored to its original configuration, including its colour: Light Grey Metallic. Its detailed history and impeccable condition make this model an extremely desirable proposition. It also features in Jean-Pierre Gabriel's reference book on the Dinos, in which he tells us that the vehicle was the eleventh of this type to be made, out of the 3,761 produced between 1969 and 1974. The 246 GT, a grand touring sports car presented at the International Auto Show in Geneva in 1969, succeeded the 206 GT of 1968 and continued the splendid adventure of the Dino line. This was created in 1965 by Enzo Ferrari in memory of his son Dino, who died at the age of 24 of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Shortly before his death, the young engineer and another engineer, Vittorio Jano, had created a powerful V6 engine, intended to rival the Porsche 911. Enzo gave his son's name to all the subsequent models featuring the 6-cylinder engine. The 246, whether the coupé GT or the cabriolet GTS, was a sensation at the time. Its compact, squat style was due to Pininfarina designers Leonardo Fioravanti and Aldo Brovarone. Its 2.418-l engine made a singular noise, particularly when this extremely fast car accelerated from 0 to 100 kph in 7.1 seconds. It was also the first mass-produced Ferrari combining a central engine and propulsion, ensuring excellent road-holding. A real icon.