1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT Restoration Project
This 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT Restoration Project sold at Auction on 05/18/2019 for £212,800. This car was dismantled in the 1970’s for restoration in Australia. It is an original right hand drive car for the UK market. This is Chassis Number 03246 / Engine Number 0009288. Odometer 27,171 Original Miles
The Dino, named in honour of Enzo Ferrari’s son, was a brand of V6 engined Ferrari’s and the project that Alfredo ‘Dino’ Ferrari worked on before he died, tragically of muscular dystrophy at just 24 years old. In order to homologate Ferrari’s Formula Two entry in 1966, the FIA requested that 500 production cars were produced using the same V6 unit as the race car. The Fiat Dino was born using the two litre V6 Ferrari unit which was later used in the early 206GT versions of the Dino. Ferrari used the mid-engined configuration, that was working well for them, in sports car racing for the new Dino and the prototype 206S was shown at the 1966 Turin show. The car drew a positive response and Ferrari put the car into production, making it the first mid-engined production Ferrari. A 2.4 litre version on a longer wheelbase, the 246GT, replaced the Dino 206 in late 1969. The beauty of a mid-engined sports car is the handling, an improved centre of gravity lends itself to better road holding, a Ferrari Dino has great cornering ability and is an enormously fun car to drive.
This car was originally registered to Avis Rent-A-Car on 12th May 1972 with the UK registration plate LP8 72K, it was one of two ordered for their new luxury rental office in Belgravia, London. The car had three subsequent owners between 1972 and 1975 before it was purchased by enthusiast Frank Rudkiewicz from Surrey. Mr. Rudkiewicz garaged the car whilst he toured Europe, he then took the decision to take the car with him when he emigrated to Australia in 1976. Whilst in Australia, Frank dismantled the car diligently, labelling and boxing the parts with the intention of a full ground up restoration which due to work commitments and later ill health never began, importantly the car was never registered in Australia. 03246 then remained in storage for forty years before Mr. Rudkiewicz advertised the car in 2014, eventually selling it to a new UK based owner in 2015 who shipped it back to the UK before selling to our vendor in 2018. Since being back in the UK it has been inspected by Tony Willis and is currently ready for the long awaited restoration. The rolling chassis is in the supplied colour of Giallo Fly (fly yellow) and is accompanied by the entire collection of parts, these are all ready to be reassembled and come with a full inventory of the parts, which we are informed should be at the least 99% complete, certainly all the important parts are not only supplied but in good order. This is undoubtedly a huge step forward by comparison to purchasing a rusty barn find for restoration, providing the ideal starting point for such a task.
Photos of the car prior to being dismantled, the inventory of parts and correspondence from Mr. Rudkiewicz can be found within the history. Accompanying this is the original order copy, letter and invoice from Avis to Maranello coupled with the inspection report from Tony Willis confirming the order number D/136, and that the car was specified in Giallo Fly with Nero trim and electric windows, built January 1972 at Maranello SpA and imported to Maranello Concessionaires in the UK. The UK vehicle documents had to be surrendered to the Motor Department in Swansea when exported to Australia in 1976, however a photocopy of the UK ownership papers can be found in the history file. We are informed the Adelaide Department of Motor Vehicles stated that as the car was not registered in Australia, no transfer of registration is required.
This represents an ideal opportunity, if you have ever aspired to own one, given the realistic estimate; an opportunity surely not to be missed. The ability to create and restore the ultimate beautiful Ferrari Dino with half the work already done for you!