1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT 'L-Series' by Scaglietti
Documents: German Fahrzeugbrief
- One of only 357 ‘L-Series’ cars
- 95,500 kilometres from new
- Fully restored by marque specialists Modena Motorsport
- Retains its original engine, as documented by Dino Compendium author Matthias Bartz
With a racing heritage that could be traced back to the glorious 246 and 156 “Sharknose” Grand Prix cars as well as the later 246 SP and 206 S Sports Racing Cars, there can have been few examples of such pure automotive breeding as that of the Dino 206 GT when it was launched in January 1969.
Named after Enzo Ferrari’s beloved son, Alfredino, the all-new Dino was a departure from Ferrari’s big, thirsty V-12s and was powered by the compact, race-derived, 2-litre V-6, four-cam engine mounted transversely behind the driver to become the first production mid-engined car manufactured by Ferrari. Styled by Pininfarina with coachwork by Scaglietti, the 206 GT was, and still is, one of the most sensuous and beautiful designs ever to emerge from the styling giants of Modena. Aimed squarely at taking on the Porsche 911, the mid-engined Dino immediately set new standards for roadholding and performance amongst small-capacity GT cars.
Following production of only 150 206 GTs, the more powerful and refined 246 GT model was introduced in March 1969. Separated across L, M, and E series (corresponding to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd), production totaled 3,761 units over the next five years and included both Coupe and Spyder variants. Readily distinguished by their Centre Lock 'Knock-Off' wheels, and by virtue of only 357 being produced, the 'L' series cars are considered the rarest and most desirable of the three.
Chassis number 01004 is a late 'L' series car, originally supplied by Ferrari agent Garage La Rotonda of Prato, near Florence, to its first owner Sig. Marco Paoletti on 29 July 1970. Sig. Paoletti kept the car only briefly, as the car was sold later that year to a Mr Henrikus of Saarbrucken, Germany, who kept the car until 1978. A further four German owners ensued before the car was purchased by the vendor, it having at some stage undergone a colour change from the original light blue metallic paintwork to red.
The car has recently been subject to a concours-level restoration by Modena Motorsport of Langenfeld, Germany, and has covered only 250 kilometres since completion. During restoration, the bodywork was completely stripped back to bare metal and refurbished. Similarly, the engine, gearbox, suspension, and braking systems were all completely overhauled, and the car re-wired throughout. Finally, the car was returned to its correct original colour scheme of light blue (Celeste) metallic paintwork with black interior and period-correct blue toweling inserts.
Accompanied by its original set of 246 GT manuals in the correct brown leather pouch, original tool kit, and jack, as well as a history file documenting its restoration, chassis number 01004 represents an exceptional opportunity to acquire an immaculately restored, historically correct, and low-mileage example of the rarest of all 246 GT series. This example is surely one of the nicest we have seen.