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The most beautiful car ever produced ?
Perhaps. Although even Enzo Ferrari said the E-Type was the most beautiful car, he certainly couldn't have been unhappy with the Dino.
Gorgeous to look at, fast, sublime to drive and made by Ferrari, the Dino was their first foray into producing a 'small' car powered by a V6 engine. It was badged Dino, named after Enzo's son Alfredino who died in 1956 aged 24, and not a Ferrari.
The Dino's undeniably striking design successfully combined the packaging requirements for a mid engined sports car with a beautiful body and has matured, like many other classic Ferrari's, into a highly desirable collectors piece.
The Dino concept evolved over the years and initially was launched in 1968 as the 206 GT powered by a 2 Litre V6 engine. This car was only built for around a year with 150 units produced, all were Left Hand Drive and it is believed only 5 of these were imported new to the UK.
Dino 246 GT arrived from Autumn 1969 and when compared to 206 GT incorporated a slightly longer wheelbase and a larger 2,418 cc engine. Denoted as L Series cars and built for 1 year with centre lock wheels until Autumn 1970 with a total volume of 357 vehicles produced.
M Series cars arrived in September 1970 with bolt on wheels and in October the first Right Hand Drive cars were available for the UK. Production of the M Series cars ceased in July 1971 with a total of 507 cars produced.
The final or E Series car started production in August 1971 and was produced until 1974 when it was replaced with the 308 GT4. The GTS with its removable targa roof was introduced in March 1972 and total E Series production amounted to 3019 cars in both GT and GTS form.
A UK supplied, Right Hand Drive Car, 05350 was supplied via Maranello Concessionaires through Dick Lovett Ferrari and was originally ordered on 22nd August 1972 in Celeste Metallizzato with Black Vinyl Interior and Black Carpets along with optional Electric Windows, the factory confirmed and accepted the order on 31st August 1972, with delivery to the UK taking place on 18th December that year.
Registered new on 8th January 1973, 05350 appears to have led a pampered life, with a comprehensive history file covering extensive expenditure over the past 20 years, along with ownership history recorded from new.
According to a previous sellers details from 2002 whom had also supplied the car in 1994, it was restored by Mill Lane Engineering in 1988 and is believed to have changed colour to Rosso Chiaro at this time, and had Daytona seats fitted, a combination the vehicle retains today.
A rare car in GTS form, the UK delivered just 235 examples of this model.
This Dino has passed through a number of high profile owners and collectors over the years, believed to have been part of the Victor Gauntlet collection in the late 80's, followed by The Drambuie Liqueur Company and then owned for a period of 11 years by two well known names in the music industry.
All of the owners over the last 20 years have lavished a large amount of money restoring and renovating the car to keep it looking as exceptional as it does today, always with respected repairers and restorers such as HR Owen, Moto Technique Ltd and in more recent years, Bob Houghton and Nick Cartwright.
This vehicle is complete with its correct Jack and Bag, reproduction tool kit, Dino leather wallet, Handbook, dealer list, warranty card, battery card & Shell/Ferrari Duster.
Our reputation is built on the quality of the cars we sell. Graypaul Classic Cars prides itself by providing the best possible cars in the best possible condition prepared to an exacting standard with a proven provenance.
Carry out Annual Service
Carry out MOT Test
Replace door seals both sides
Replace leaking washer fluid bag
Replace Clutch arm gaitor
Replace Left Hand Heater Control Flap Cable
Replace Clutch and Skim Flywheel
Remove Alcantara Trimming and Re-trim in correct Vinyl, with Mouse-hair to Dashboard, retaining Leather Daytona seats, fit new carpets
As always with our cars, a 2 day detail of the complete vehicle by Swissvax has been carried out in order to pass this vehicle onto its new owner in outstanding condition - another car that really does have to be seen to be believed !