Rally-Prepared Ferrari to Shine at Shannons Auction

Shannons today announced that its Autumn Auction, which will be held in Sidney on May 2, will be headlined by a tarmac rally-prepared Ferrari Dino, believed to have been the first 246GT imported into Australia.

We are talking about an Euro-spec Dino that is one of the first series 246GT models using 206GT-style knock-off wheels and it is thought that this was the first right hand drive conversion performed by Ferrari.

The vehicle, chassis No. 246GT00748, was acquired by the current owner in 2000 and then modified in order to take part in rally stages, with the work being done by Sydney-based Stuart Dunbar. Shannons expects the vehicle to sell between AU$150,000 and AU$170,000.

The performance enhancements involved upgrading the Dino’s mid-mounted 2.4-litre V6 engine to Lancia Stratos rally specs, while other upgrades included fitting electronic ignition and a competition clutch. Inside, the Dino is equipped with a full roll cage with door side intrusion bars (all bolted to the original seat belt anchor points), competition bucket seats with four-point harness safety belts and a rally navigation system and footrest for the passenger,” stated the press release.

The car competed in the East Coast Classic Rally 2001/2002 and following these events has been stored to the present day in a humidity-controlled car cocoon and periodically exercised.

The May 2 auction will also include other top vehicles, such as a 1985 Citroen 2CV6 offered with no reserve ($16,000-$20,000), a 1955 MG TF Roadster (AU$32,000-AU$36,000), a left-hand-drive 1963 Ford Thunderbird Coupe (AU$26,000-$30,000), a 1960 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (AU$45,000-$50,000) and a restored 1928 LaSalle 314-A seven-seater Limousine (AU$44,000-AU$48,000).
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