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Dino sets auction record

A very special Dino sold on Friday evening (February 10th) in Paris for a cool £3,282,820. Somewhat more than a Dino 246 that had gone up for sale earlier.

As Pininfarina’s first mid-engined Ferrari concept car, the 1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale is truly the father of not just the Dino 206/246 but also all the mid-engined two-seater Ferraris that came after it, up to and including the latest 488 GTB. It is one of the most important and influential concept cars ever, and a defining moment in the Ferrari/Pininfarina relationship.

This is one car that deserves to be in a museum, which is where it has been since the 1960s, as a static display in the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s museum in Le Mans. It was the ACO that was selling it – with a high estimate from auctioneers Artcurial of up to £6.5 million.

Bidding started at £2.5M and, as the auctioneers were quick to point out, there was no reserve so one way or another the car was definitely going to a new home. Bids increased by around £50k, stalling after 20 minutes at the £3.2 mark. Not quite what Artcurial imagined perhaps but still worthy of plenty shouts of “Bravo!” and a round of applause.

And the Dino 246 GT that came before it in Artcurial’s Retromobile sale? At £190k that didn’t make its reserve and was passed on… unlike another red Ferrari, a Ferrari 328 GTS, that came after the Dino concept. The 328 started at £34k and in what was a welcome step back to reality, sold for £63k
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Artcurial’s sale had top billing during the Retromobile show and the results lived up to it. Overall 73 per cent of the 154 lots were sold, totalling £27m, a third up on the event last year – excluding the one-off £27m sale of the Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti in the 2016 auction.

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