The Ferrari Dino is to be honoured at the forthcoming Concours d’Elégance Salon Privé from 30th August to 1st September 2018.
Marking its 50th anniversary, the Dino is surely regarded as one of the most beautiful in the iconic prancing horse stable. Named in honour of Enzo’s son who designed the V6 engine used in the car and who sadly died at the age of just 24, it was designed to be a more affordable sports car capable of taking on the Porsche 911.
The striking Italian Ferrari was produced between 1968 – 1976, and branded as ‘Dino’ to differentiate it from the more expensive V12 and flat 12 models however in 1976, ‘Dino’ was retired in favour of full Ferrari branding.
Designed by Leonardo Fiorovanti at Pininfarina, the car originally came about following Enzo Ferrari’s desire to race with the Dino V6 Engine in the Formula Two category which was introduced in 1967. Ferrari however, could not meet the required build of 500 production cars and so asked Fiat to produce a sports car using the V6 engine and so the Fiat Dino was born.
Road-going mid-engined sports cars were a rare sight in the mid 60s and it took the launch in 1966 of the mid-engined Lamborghini Miura, to prompt an initially hesitant Enzo Ferrari into allowing the team at Pininfarina to build a mid-engined concept for the 1965 Paris Motor Show and the Dino was born.
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David Bagley, Co-Founder & Sales Director said:
“We are delighted to welcome Dick Lovett Swindon back to Salon Privé this year.
“Ferrari is one of those brands that evokes so many emotions; appreciation, passion, ambition, desire …………. what better way to inspire guests at this year’s event than with a collection of models book-ended by two models 50 years apart; the Dino 246 GT and the latest Portofino. Dick Lovett Swindon have a fantastic selection of new models on display including the beautiful Portofino alongside some stunning classics including a beautiful 330 GTC from 1968, fresh from a two-year restoration programme.”
Sitting proudly on the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace in a Class celebrating ’50 years of the Dino’ in this year’s Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance are some fine examples of this beautiful mid-engined, rear-drive sports car. From 1968 and with only 152 built and all in left hand drive, the Ferrari 206 GT was and is a very rare car indeed. Chassis 00152 was the 1st of only five examples ever imported into the UK.
Ordered by Colonal Ronnie Hoare himself in Arancio Tipo PF/Rosso Dino. The car arrived in the UK from Milan on 16th October. The legendary guitarist, Eric Clapton became the car’s second owner in May 1970. It was the ﬁrst car he ever purchased. As noted in his autobiography he unfortunately crashed the car after a few months while returning home after spending the evening with Pattie Boyd who, at the time, was married to Beatle George Harrison! Later on in life in 2016 following a full restoration, ‘Layla’ as she is affectionately known after the famous Eric Clapton song was granted Ferrari Classiche certiﬁcation.