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Was The Dino Prototype Sale A Disappointment At Artcurial?

The 2017 Artcurial Automobile Auction at Retromobile came to a whimpering close after 154 units went under the hammer. Results were all over the board, but no . One big surprise was the sale for the 1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale Prototype chassis 0840 coming at the hammer price of €3.8 million. With an estimate of 4 – 8 million euros, was this a disappointment?

As a de facto Ferrari, shouldn’t this Dino have done better? (Don’t email me, I know the Dino is made by Ferrari and this one was touched by the master himself, but to be fair some consider the Dino its own make, hence my wording of de facto.)

1965 Dino 206 P Berlinette Speciale by Pininfarina via Artcurial

Considering this is the first and only time it is has been offered for public sale in its 52 year life and was exhibited by Pininfarina at the 1965 Paris Motor Show, surely the expectations were for the sale price to at least meet or exceed the higher end of the auction estimates. Artcurial was quick to include the buyer’s premium in their tweet of the sale as 4,4 M€ which makes it appear marginally better… like a peck on the cheek.

The final sale in this case one could argue is a really big deal, because of the owner/seller, Musée de l’Automobile at Le Mans is pretty much the original owner. With the blessing of Enzo Ferrari, who had the 206 built and bodied by Pininfarina, agreed in 1967 to allow Pininfarina to gift this very first Dino prototype to the museum. The complete story is even better, Petrolicious has a great interview with Artcurial’s managing director about the car.

This car has major history, one owner, its rare as hell, basically has the fingerprints of the mastermind of Ferrari himself, there is nothing which could have made this a perfect specimen, at the very least ripe for a hot bidding war. Furthermore the car was sold for the express purpose of raising money for the Musée de l’Automobile at Le Mans!

A Ferrari 250 TR prototype went for a record $16.39 million including premium in 2011, regular GTOs go for stratospheric millions, last year Artcurial achieved the highest auction price paid in Europe ($35 million) for the less rare (one of four) Ferrari 335S Scaglietti Spider, why so little for this very special Dino 206 prototype?


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