Ferrari News – Classic Ferrari predicted to pass the €300,000 mark
It should come as no surprise that Ferraris dominate the list of the most expensive cars sold at auction – and a 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT RHD looks set to become the most expensive car auctioned in Ireland when it goes under the hammer at Merlin car auctions on June 15.
he classic Ferrari has just 25,153 miles on the clock and is expected to fetch in excess of €300,000.
Named after Enzo Ferrari’s son and heir, the Dino was a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports car produced by Ferrari between 1968 and 1976. Designed by Pininfarina, it became the enduring blueprint for supercars.
The Dino 246 GT is a restored example of the rare and coveted interim ‘L-series’ model, and bridges the gap between the early Dino 206 GT and the main series Dino 246 GT.
Powering this classic is a 2.4-litre V6 engine, producing around 195hp, driving the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.
A development of the 2.0-litre 206 GT, the 2.4-litre L-series had a 60mm longer wheelbase, but retained many of the features of the previous Dino, including headrests mounted on the firewall, a passenger footrest, ventilation controls on the centre console and a few of the aluminium opening panels.
This highly desirable Ferrari is one of just 357 cars built (all left-hand drive) from April 1969 to October 1970.
Completed at the factory on September 5, 1969, this Dino was sold to an American, a Mr Evan E Kimble – rumoured to be the heir to Coca-Cola – and was delivered to Germany.
From September 1988 to June 1990, the car was completely restored including the gearbox, brakes, suspension, bodywork, and interior trim. The opportunity was also taken to convert the car to right-hand drive (which apparently is easily reversible).
Merlin says there has been interest from people from the UK, Italy, Cyprus, Australia, and Ireland.