A one-off Ferrari prototype, which pre-dated the iconic Dino 206 and 246 GT models, is set to go under the hammer at Artcurial’s 2017 Paris auction.
French auction house Artcurial still has a few auctions before the year is out, but it has just secured something particularly special for the first of next year’s big sales – the one and only Dino 206 P Berlinette Speciale prototype.
This car was built for the Paris motor show in 1965. Adapted by Pininfarina stylist Aldo Brovarone from an earlier Fioravanti design, this prototype Berlinette was based around a type 385 tubular steel frame. It’s clear to see how this car developed later into the 206 and 256 Dinos.
The mid-mounted engine, a 2.0-litre alloy-block V6 unit taken from the Dino racing car, produces 180bhp at 8000rpm. Following its debut, Enzo Ferrari raised a few concerns with the car, mainly its cramped interior. These comments clearly influenced later road car's higher waistline.
After the car made some appearances at various European motor shows, it was sent back to Pininfarina where it remained for a number of years. The car then passed on to classic car collector Baron de Lassée, who displayed the car at his Le Mans museum for many years.