Rare UK right-hand drive Ferrari 246 Dino GTS could fetch £320,000

The auction house's flagship sale will also include a BMW E30 M3 Evo plus a road legal interpretation of an F1 car...

Silverstone Auctions has announced the sale of one of only 235 UK right-hand drive Ferrari 246 Dino GTS built.

Designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, this 1972 car has been given an estimate of £270,000 to £320,000 ahead of the Silverstone Classic sale across July 21/22.

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In 2009, the Dino received a ‘sympathetic’ restoration and heads to auction with 41,000 miles on the clock.

Joe Watts, a classic car specialist for Silverstone Auctions, said: ‘Italian classics don’t get much better than the Dino. The Ferrari Dino 246 GTS has such a beautiful story behind it, built to honour Enzo’s late son Alfredo ‘Dino’ Ferrari, and using the engine that ‘Dino’ himself helped to develop. The 246 GTS is a fantastic tribute to the man and an icon in the history of Ferrari, and it’s an honour to feature it as part of the Silverstone Classic Sale.’

Finished in Rosso Chiaro red and with a beige interior, this car was ordered new from Maranello Concessionaires by Motorworld Garages in Surrey in October of ‘72.

After a series of owners and a lengthy period in storage, marque specialists Grand Tourismo Services of Chertsey undertook a restoration of the 246. This included a total rebuild of the mechanics, suspension, cooling system, engine and gearbox.

It was also treated to a bare metal respray, refurbished wheels and chrome plus a new dashboard and rubbers. The Dino heads to sale with its original warranty booklet, numerous service invoices, an original set of manuals, jack and tool-roll and sales brochures.

Watts added: ‘Rarely do such well-documented cars of this quality come to market and we are proud to offer this beautiful example at the Silverstone Classic, which is now ready to begin the next chapter of its life.’

It is joined in the auction by a manual, right-hand-drive 1994 Ferrari 355 Berlinetta. The sub 50,000-mile example is estimated to sell for no more than £64,000.

Other notable lots in the sale include a 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution. As part of a series of increasingly aggressive M3s that allowed BMW to homologate the car for DTM competition, just 600 cars were produced.

It was blessed with an enlarged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine which is mated to a Getrag five-speed gearbox. Well travelled with 80,000miles, the left-hand-drive road racer should sell for £90,000.

The oddball of the auction comes in the form of a one-off Annison F1R. Another attempt at making a road legal single-seater-like driving experience, it was built in 2009 by Lola race engineers. Constructed around a 1996 chassis, it was fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged Cosworth engine that produced 370bhp. Silverstone Auctions expects someone to part with between £45,000 and £55,000 to land the car.

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