by Gauk
Wed, Feb 12, 2020 11:03 PM

Up for auction is a concours winning 1973 Ferrari 246GT Dino with story to go with it. At the centre of one man’s quest to track down and buy back his old car, it was the focus of his subsequent book ‘Dino Days.'

Concours winning 1973 Ferrari 246GT Dino up for auction with The Market
One of just 498 UK right-hand drive cars and with Ferrari Classiche certificate
For auction online on the 24th February with an estimate of £210,000 - £260,000

This car is just one of 498 right-hand drive Dino GTs delivered to the UK, Limited and finished in Rosso Red, this Dino has been under the ownership of a number of classic car collectors. The current owner, has owned it twice.

Available on the open market once again, this highly collectible car will be on show for you to inspect at The Market’s exhibitor stand (F-18) at the London Classic Car Show next week, ahead of its online auction which commences on the 24th February. It is estimated to go for around £210,000 - £260,000.

“This Dino tells the story of one man’s devotion to his beloved car, so much so that he tracked it down 10 years after selling it and bought it back!” comments Tristan Judge, managing director and founder, The Market.

“The Dino is one of the most iconic of the Ferrari models and has a huge following. Given how rarely these cars come to market, we’re very proud to be entrusted with the sale of this particular car and we invite prospective buyers to come and inspect the car on our stand at the London Classic Car Show.”

The current owner first purchased the car with the fitting chassis number “07246” and registered ‘646 DRY’ in 1992.

Considering it had been recently refreshed by marque specialists, he decided to enter it into the 1994 Ferrari Owners’ Club concours. The car was placed first in class.

He sold the car to raise funds to support his young family five years later, but immediately regretted his decision. It wasn’t until 2016 that, after years of fruitless searching for a suitable Dino, his brother found one at auction. After a little more digging, he learnt it was the very same Dino he had sold all those years ago! So he bought the car. The only catch? He paid approximately six times the price he sold it for.

For the second time around he was not he proud owner of the Dino, so he chose to celebrate by driving it to where it was born, the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. On the trip he met as many fellow Dino owners as possible, and documented each owner’s story in his book ‘Dino Days’, which he dedicated to the Ferrari marque and classic car ownership.

Now up for sale once again, today the Dino is presented in excellent condition having been serviced and maintained by Ferrari specialists throughout its life. Completed work on the car includes rebuilds of the engine, gearbox, suspension, steering and brakes, as well as a paintwork respray and re-trimming of the tan with black ‘Daytona’ inserts interior. The odometer currently reads 72,300 miles. A huge history file and Ferrari Classiche certificate accompany the car.

“We know this will be a sad sale for the owner, but this is also a wonderful opportunity for another Ferrari fan or collector to own this special Dino,” concludes Tristan.

The 1973 Ferrari 246GT Dino will be on display on stand F-18 at the London Classic Car Show at Kensington Olympia between 20th and 23rd February.

published by Gauk