1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT
At the 1965 Paris Salon, a mid-engined prototype dubbed the Dino 206 GT Speciale was unveiled on the Pininfarina stand. This design study was based upon the chassis of a sports racing model, featuring headlamps covered by a clear Perspex lens that extended the full width of the nose; except for those, the production Dino 206 GT would end up looking the same.
The Dino 206 GT was a road-going variant of the Dino 196 S, the racing model designed by Alfredino Ferrari. Powered by a 1,987 cc 180-hp V6 engine, built by Fiat and developed by Ferrari, with three Weber 40 DCNF/1 carburetors and mated to a five-speed manual transaxle; the new Ferrari model was never a Ferrari at all.
Launched in 1968, this vehicle was produced for two years, with 154 examples reaching new owners. All left-hand drive cars featured unequal-length A-arm front and rear suspension, with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel disc brakes. The aluminum body and engine helped this Ferrari stand out from a crowd.
One of the most attractive rides at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Monterey auctions is this 1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT by Scaglietti. Chassis #00298 is expected to sell for anything between $700,000 and $825,000. Completely restored starting with 1985 with Dennis McCann rebuilding the engine, gearbox, and transaxle, this classic is in pristine condition.
Highly respected Ferrari restorers at the Kleeves Company and Terry Myr, in Michigan, went on to strip down the Ferrari all the way down to the three main tubes of the frame, which were media-blasted and properly epoxy-finished in black; both the inside and outside of the panels were individually painted.
The suspension was rebuilt and new old-stock parts were used throughout, except for the upgraded brighter Carello headlamps and custom-made ANSA sport exhaust. The wheel spinners are originals, as well as the Rosso over Nero colors, with seats upholstered in new old-stock material acquired in the Netherlands. So, anyone up for a classic Fiat?