1973 FER­RARI DINO 246 GT

AS THE OLD SONG GOES: YOU DON’T NEED TO PUT YOUR DINO ON THE DYNO, MRS FOTHERINGAY, TO KNOW THAT IT WILL BE QUICK

Unique Cars - - TOYBOX - WORDS MARK HIG­GINS

THE WORDS Fer­rari and icon are of­ten heard in the same sen­tence; with the Dino it is com­pletely ap­pro­pri­ate.

The Dino de­buted at the 1965 Paris Mo­tor Show and the most recog­nised and loved of all is the 246GT, which broke cover in 1969. In many ways a new car, or at least a heav­ily re­vised one, at its heart is a 2418cc V6 en­gine that Enzo felt suf­fi­ciently pow­er­ful to tackle Porsche. Built from 1969 to 1974 the 246GT and GTS were an in­stant hit, with over 4000 pro­duced.

Sim­ply known as the Dino, it is much sought af­ter glob­ally.

Mark Jansen of Old Timer Aus­tralia in Hamil­ton, Queens­land has a 1973 Aus­tralian-de­liv­ered, match­ing num­bers, right-hand drive 246GT for sale for $649,950.

This Dino was pro­duced in March 1973 and orig­i­nally fin­ished in ‘Blu Dino Me­tal­liz­zato’ and while still vi­brant it seems to have had a re­paint at one point and is now show­ing a few blem­ishes and stone chips. All of the ex­te­rior trim, badges, chrome and glass are in good con­di­tion. In­side the cock­pit looks orig­i­nal and in good or­der for a 45-year-old car.

It comes with the orig­i­nal book set, in­clud­ing the prized war­ranty card, not­ing a 29/4/74 de­liv­ery date.

It is listed with the Fer­rari Dino 246 Registry and recorded in the Fer­rari Club Aus­tralia ar­chives from the first Reg­is­ter pub­lished in 1986/87.

Based on this in­for­ma­tion it ap­pears this Dino had two own­ers un­til 1989 fol­lowed by one long-term owner be­fore be­ing ac­quired by a Mel­bourne col­lec­tor in 2011 who sold it to its cur­rent owner in 2013. The odome­ter reads 65,535 miles which is be­lieved gen­uine.

It has been fet­tled by John Allen since the mid 1990’s with plenty of re­ceipts for work un­der­taken from 2011.

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