2007 RM Auction, Scottsdale: 1966 Ferrari Dino 206 SP Unsold at $1 MIL

1966 Ferrari Dino 206 SP - Lot 283 Unsold at $1,000,000

My favorite car here this week. Well, there are about 100 cars I'll probably say that about if prodded. It's really that amazing of a week. Sports cars, muscle cars, hot rods, customs, and racecars everywhere you look that would qualify for poster duty on just about any enthusiast's walls. The racecars are especially intriguing this week, and the ones at RM were out-of-this-world. The sports prototype endurance racers of the '60s and '70s represent the pinnacle of racecar design in my book, and when you can add a "Coachwork by Pininfarina" label to the mix, it's usually a surefire personal Top 10 entry. Lot 283 is a car that qualifies on all counts. It's a 1966 Ferrari Dino 206 SP. Words like voluptuous and sensuous leap to mind when viewing these cars.

These diminutive V6 racers from Drogo look like scaled down 330 P cars. Simply stunning. This particular 206 SP has the 218 bhp, 1,986cc dual overhead camshaft, V6 engine. Perhaps less impressive sounding today than in 1966, that 2-liter power output was more than adequate in the day. Ferrari had planned to build 50 to qualify for Group 4 racing, but when that total fell to just 18, the car was rethought a bit and ended up racing in private hands with varying success. This car is chassis 026 and has a bit of a questionable history that was perhaps responsible for it going unsold after bids reached just $1,000,000.

[Source: RM Auctions]

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