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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.
This 246 Dino, chassis 05782, is series III GT and was sold to its first owner in May 1973 by Sytners. This car was the actual example used for the Birmingham Motor Show at Bingley Hall of that year. Passing through four owners (each documented with descriptions and interesting facts regarding each's term of ownership on file) and remaining in one piece but well used the car eventually ended up with Nick Cartwright in the early 1990's who set about a full restoration that was completed in circa 1995.
The finished product was to the usual highest standard of the Cartwright dynasty and equally stunning in condition as the combination of Blue Scuro with Black leather. As such in the following years the car was shown frequently at concours events and received many awards including a class win in 1995 and many other excellent results. More recently the vehicle has been enjoyed by its current owner both on the road and at events - it is presented in still stunning condition having again been shown at the Ferrari Owners club annual concours in 2010 where the car faired very well considering the very stiff competition.
A substantial history file accompanies the car filled with photographs of the restoration, concours results and invoices detailing the thousands of pounds spent during the past 15 years helping keep this example as one of the finest in the UK. Most importantly much correspondence from each owner documenting the car through its life and detailing its genuine 65,000 miles from new is found within the file. A serious opportunity to purchase one of the finest and best known UK 246 GT Dino's with history, documentation and concours results to match.