Sunday, June 15, 2014

MECUM Seattle 2014: Ferrari Dino GT > NO SALE > High Bid $350k

I recall the first Dino I ever saw.  It was at school in the early 70's.  One of my class mates from a grade below, his parents would come to pick him up in a brand new light blue one.  Then, they came in a 308GT4 > ugh, what a let down > though at the time - it was still a Ferrari which meant everything.  Mind you this was also the time of the Pantera from De Tomaso and Lincoln Mercury > the Pantera vs. the 308GT4 was no contest in my view.  Admittedly, at the time, I would have easily settled for either.

Dinos have become caught up in the last wave of price appreciation, as further evidenced by the result here.  I remember when prices broke into the 6 figures, and they have accelerated from there.  Truly an iconic symbol of that era in sportscar history.


Introduced for the 1967 model year, the Pinninfarina-designed Dino 206 GT would mark a first for series-built Ferrari, with a mid engine layout that would ultimately signal the dawn of truly modern sports car production for the company. The high revving, all alloy, 180hp 2.0L DOHC V6 was, at its root, a development of Ferrari’s Formula 1 and 2 racing programmes, and it was enlarged to 2.4L with 195hp for the 1969 model year, resulting in a logical change in nomenclature to 246 GT.

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