The prototype that influenced the direction of Ferrari’s Dino sports car has sold for €4.4m at Artcurial’s Salon Retromobile Paris auction.
Artcurial has announced total sales of €31,944,484 for the first of this year’s major auctions, which took place at the Salon Retromobile event in Paris on 10 February 2017. Excluding the record €32.1m 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti from last year’s auction, that’s a rise of 33 per cent from 2016.
The top seller this year was the 1965 Dino 206 P Berlinetta Speciale, which sold for €4.4m (or $4.66m) including premium. 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 246 Dinos.
The mid-mounted engine, a 2.0-litre alloy-block V6 unit taken from a 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.
More than 500 people – from 18 nationalities – registered to bid in the room. A further 3000 packed into the sale room and 15,000 people followed the sale live online as the 154 lots went under the hammer. This year’s event also set new world records, with 59 lots selling for more than €100,000, 11 for more than €500,000 seven fetching more than €1m.
Maître Hervé Poulain, Honorary Chairman at Artcurial said: ‘The current market shows both a robustnesss and a real vitality. The Hervé Ogliastro Collection sold really well, as demonstrated by the Bugatti Atalante (lot 27) that made twice its estimate! There was something for everyone in this sale, from the famous Dino, that made the highest price, to a Renault 4CV that changed hands for the lowest sum!’