Desirable Early European Production Example. Fresh Paint Among Other Recent Restoration Work.
1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
Rosso Corsa with Black Interior and Cloth Inserts
Named for Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredino, who had died in 1956 at the age of 24 as the result of muscular dystrophy, the Dino was, fittingly, a ‘baby’ Ferrari that was dimensionally smaller and more nimble than any other street Ferrari previously offered. Its mid-placed engine was a Ferrari first for a street car, while the quad cam V6 was a soulful engine that capitalized on Ferrari’s racing experience gained from building racing V6’s. Styling was of course by Pininfarina, and the Dino has long been a favorite among Ferrari enthusiasts thanks to its beautiful lines and proportions, lovely engine, and balanced chassis.
This particular example is an early European specification car, purchased by the current owners in the late 1990s needing restoration work. Body work, a complete repaint, selected re-chroming, underside and engine bay details, and considerable mechanical work has just been completed.
The car makes a very strong impression with fresh, exceptionally high quality paint work. The paint is virtually flawless, with less than 100 miles since completion. Panel match is very good throughout. Much of the chrome was restored and is in very good condition accordingly. The windshield was replaced at the time of the paint work and remains as-new. The side windows have some markings from sanding and assembly. The wheels are original and complete, and appear to be unrestored. The car sits on older Michelin XWX tires. The desirable smaller, European side marker lights and flush front indicators are still present on this example.
The interior appears to be substantially original, with nice vinyl upholstery in the original style, with cloth inserts. The dashboard also appears to be original and is very nice considering this. While the amp gauge and Momo steering wheel are aftermarket items, the balance of gauges and controls appear to be factory correct.
The engine bay benefits from a recent detail and looks very nice, although it was not done to show standards. The front compartment is very nice with all inner plastic panels in outstanding unbroken condition. With the car comes a spare tire and wheel, but no hold down. Underneath, the car is very nice, with no chassis rust in evidence. By virtue of the very recent repaint, the longitudinals are good, and the body looks good as well. This car is not equipped with sheet aluminum under panels, but a new stainless exhaust system has just been fitted.
While at Fantasy Junction, the carburetors have been overhauled, cleaned and adjusted, a four wheel alignment performed, transaxle oil changed and clutch adjusted, and a compression test completed to confirm that the motor is in excellent health- with all 6 cylinders between 150-165 lbs. The transaxle is in very good order with an exceptionally nice second gear syncro both warm and cold. The current owner reports that the engine and transaxle were rebuilt just prior to him acquiring the car, and while this seems very likely, we do not have records to confirm exactly what work was performed.
Some mechanical detail work remains. The wipers to not function reliably, the turn indicators do not automatically cancel, the horn is not very audible, and there are no aluminum under trays. The next owner may also wish to mount a newer set of Michelin XWX tires.
This example will be ideal for the tinker-minded, mechanically-able future owner looking for a cosmetically ‘done’ car at the right price with the opportunity for some personal sorting.
Early, European specification Dinos are widely regarded as ‘drivers cars’, being slightly lighter unencumbered by power windows, air conditioning, or emissions equipment. Additionally, European spec cars are seen as the most aesthetically desirable, with smaller side marker lights and flush front indicator lenses.
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Fantasy Junction • 510-653-7555 • 1145 Park Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608