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The much sought-after Ferrari 246 Dino GT was named after Enzo Ferrari's son Alfredino, who died in 1956, aged 24 years. Enzo Ferrari credits his son with the inspiration for a series of successful small and medium capacity V6 racing engines built by Ferrari from 1956, and in turn the name was given to a new line of mid-engined production Ferrari V6 coupés, which first went on sale in 1969. The Dino 246GT has proved to be one of the most satisfying and successful automobiles built by Ferrari and paved the way for the emerging generation of mid-engined Ferraris. It is widely regarded as one of the best-handling and most gratifying automobiles of the early 70s, it is one of the most attractive, delicately balanced designs ever produced by the masters at Pininfarina. As a result Dinos have enjoyed a well-deserved recent surge in popularity.
Chassis 07186 is a more desirable series three Dino produced towards the end of the run and delivered by Maranello in October 1973 as a UK specification car to Brandon motors near Coventry. 07186 was delivered in the same specification as it is presented in today: Rosso Chiaro with black upholstery, black carpets, head lamp covers and electric windows. The vehicle was first registered on the 24th of April 1974 (SAC 497M) when the vehicle was sold to its first owner by Brandon Motors. In December 1981 the vehicle was purchased by Hendon Way Motors who quickly sold the vehicle to its second owner (third by the count of the V5 as the HWM appeared as an owner for a 20 day period only) Roy Thomas Banks. 07186 remained the property of Mr Banks for a period of six years until ownership passed to the Dino's third owner Nicholas Stephens who re-registered the vehicle with the personal number plate NFS 225. By 1987 07186 had covered a documented 38,600 miles from new. Nick enjoyed preserving this Dino in as best condition he could servicing every item of the Dino regularly and maintaining the car to perfection slowly restoring the car over a 20 year period and thus only covered 2000 miles in that period.
As previously stated 07186 remained in the same ownership until 2008 (when it had covered just 48,000 indicated miles from new) at which point the vehicle was subjected to the scrupulous certification system under Ferrari SPA in order for it to attain its Ferrari Classiche certificate – which the car duly did so with only minor works being necessary by Ferrari. Following the receipt of its Classiche certificate 07186 passed in to the hands of its fourth and current documented owner. Following this the car was sent to a well respected independent specialist in the South of England who was given the task of servicing the car to perfection at no expense spared. This included a full suspension and brake overhaul, engine and gearbox services, valve clearance readjustments, new gaskets, a new clutch and flywheel, bushes and gaiter replacement throughout and the fitment of new bumpers front and rear. This Dino has also been fitted with a period looking Becker Mexico (now unobtainable) that incorporates a discrete blue tooth system and i pod connection. 07186 is accompanied by a good history file (including recent bills), a complete Classiche Lever Arch File, a current MOT and a complete tool kit.
DK Engineering are proud to offer this Dino GT made so desirable by its high standard finish (to exact original specification) and low ownership history having had only 3 previous keepers (documented as 4 including Hendon Way Motors). The addition of a Ferrari Classiche certificate validates the correctness and quality of this Dino putting it at the top level of fine examples of the model. Body, engine, interior and underbody pictures (available upon request) confirm the level of the quality of this Dino throughout. 07186 has recently been serviced and is ready to be used and enjoyed.