In May of 2004 Architectural Digest magazine produced The Great Design Issue, a 356-page special edition devoted to architecture, interiors, appliances, decorative arts and including a few outstanding automobiles. The beautiful objects depicted were chosen by designers from many fields, who were asked to select their favorites. Among the cars was a Ferrari Dino 246 GT, which the contributor described as "a beautiful contrast of elegance and compressed muscle draped over a compact layout… the Dino body form is simple and honest about its athletic purpose to thrill and delight the driver." Now, I don't agree that an architect or interior designer is necessarily the best judge of automotive beauty, but the person who made this selection was Kevin Hunter, whose title is: Vice President of Design and Studio Operations at Calty Design Research, Toyota Motor Corporation's North American . Guy knows whereof he speaks.
Mr Hunter would no doubt be pleased to own this example, one of several outstanding vehicles on sale at the Coy's Auction February 27-28 (see previous blog for more). Coy's Web site says this about the car: "The definitive 246 Dino, with its 2.4 litre V-6, appeared in late 1969 and fewer than 3,000 were built before introduction of the slightly larger and completely restyled V-8 engined 308 Dino in 1973. The delightful bodywork was designed by Pininfarina, and was built in steel by Scaglietti. The car on offer is one of only 488 right-hand-drive cars produced and was registered in 1972. It is presented in Grigio Titianium with Black hide interior and has covered a mere 46,000 miles from new."