UK supplied and in right hand drive configuration, this Ferrari Dino has an engine number 10066 along with gearbox number 1116. The body number of 1059 which, like any Tipo 607E, can also be found on the hinges of the rear boot.
Produced in 1972, chassis number 04510 is an E series car, last of the Dino production ending in July 1974. This third and final version had a number of small improvements during its production run. For example, the use of two oil filler nozzles and modified chain tensioners. We also saw the loss of the three holes per spoke in the steering wheel on the RHD car. 6.5 X 14” wheels were supplied by Cromodora and for the first time, carried the Dino symbol, instead of Fiat.
This Ferrari 246 GT Dino was purchased by its first registered owner, Mr. Peter Noone in the summer of 1972 from Motortune Ltd of 250 Brompton Road, London. Peter Noone was the lead singer, guitarist and front man of the World famous Herman’s Hermits. The band was extremely successful in both the UK and across the Atlantic in America, selling 60 million records with three number one hits. Peter Noone so desperately wanted a metallic purple Dino and so decided to have the original colour changed almost immediately from Argento Auteuil to Viola Dino Metalizzato. The car has retained this stunning colour ever since. Peter Noone kept his beloved Dino until August 1975 when he decided to leave the UK for a new life in the South of France.
In 2013 Barkaways were commissioned to carry out a full and comprehensive restoration of Ferrari 246 GT Chassis no: 04510. The ethos being to restore the car to Concours standard, in doing so return the car to factory specification. Moreover, the goal was to preserve and honour a moment in time along with the wishes of the cars most famous owner.
The car was completely media blasted and stripped back to bare metal. Works included a major engine and gearbox rebuild, along with all associated mechanical components including brakes and suspension. The car was repainted in stunning Viola Dino Metalizzato and the interior re-trimmed in the correct Nero vinyl. The project took well over two years to complete with each stage of the restoration being fully documented and subsequently photographed.