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I have already mentioned this on the Dino Owners’ thread, but I decided that this car is so amazing (to me, at least) that it deserves a thread of its own. So here is the story so far.

On 10th. October 1973, Dino 246 number 6934 was delivered to its lucky (or not so lucky – see below) first owner, Sir William Patrick Keith-Murray of Ochtertyre in Scotland, the 11th. Baronet of that line. He kept it for just over 3 years and did 15,500 miles in it before selling it to a Mr. Baird in Edinburgh. Sadly, only 4 years after buying 6934, at the tender age of 38, Sir William died by his own hand.

About the same time as Sir William was enjoying his ownership of 6934 (I have yet to give it a name, so a number will have to suffice for now) up in Scotland, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a private track day at Goodwood (before track days became the rage that they are now) arranged by Modena Engineering for its Directors (my best mate’s father, and, as it happens, also my employer at the time, was one of them) and friends to play with their Ferraris away from the public roads. Although I also drove a 275 GTB that day, it was the Dino that always stayed in my memory.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago . . .

I don’t know whether you believe in fate? I am not normally a superstitious person, but I think I was fated to buy this Dino. I would not have even seen it had my Maserati not had a “blonde moment” (happily diagnosed to be nothing more serious than a loose earth connection) which caused me to call in to Carrs to get it sorted and there in their showroom was the Dino, in all its glory and, for me, the PERFECT colour scheme.

Had it been in the usual red, I should probably not have got half as excited as I did. To say I wouldn’t have given it a second glance, would have been far from the truth, because I adore Dinos, whatever the colour (the one I drove at Goodwood was red), but it certainly would not have turned out as it has. Don’t get me wrong, I like red Ferraris: my 550 is red (although mainly because I could not find a TdF Blu one when I was looking for it), but dark blue with tan / beige / cream is my colour scheme of choice on pretty much any car, as the contents of my garage, present and past, will testify (if you have a few minutes to spare, see Bluebottle ).

However, there was no question of my buying it, as we are in the process of trying to move house and so I needed to keep all my resources in hand for when we see the perfect property (if that ever happens – we have been looking for over a year already!). It was only after the second or third visit on some pretext or another (but really to come and have another look at THAT Dino before it disappeared to a nice new home) that Piers (Carrs’ finance man) said to me that there was a way that I could buy it by using equity release from my 550 to provide the deposit to buy the Dino, a suggestion that I tried very hard to ignore in the interests of marital harmony(!), but which ultimately proved irresistible.

The rest, as they say, is history and I have no doubt that the Dino will perfectly compliment my 550, as well as bringing some real quality to my modest collection.

More anon. The Dino will be having a service etc. this week and then I am away next week entertaining some Italian visitors (how apt!) at our other home in the Cotswolds, so it will be the week after that before I am able to pick it up. I did, however, take it out for a drive last week and I am happy to say that it is every bit as good as I remember from my day at Goodwood 40 years ago!
 

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Great story!

We can all justify anything if we have the means the beauty of this Dino is worthy.

Agree some things are meant to be and timing was certainly on your side.

Business is business but when your passion outweighs the wallet you do what you have to do pretty sure you only live once.

Enjoy the Dino:music-smiley-018:
 

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I finally picked up the Dino yesterday. Unfortunately I have been too busy to drive it much yet, but it is wonderful just seeing it sitting on my driveway, knowing that this is just the start of the adventure. The pride of ownership is indescribable!
 

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John,
She's absolutely stunning !!!
And I agree, the perfect (and my favorite) color scheme too.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
 

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Thanks for your kind comments, guys.
 

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The color looks TdF blu.

Beautiful car.
Not sure about the colour (except that I like it! Very much!). Depends a bit on the light, and photos can be deceptive. Below is one taken in the showroom, which looks rather different.

Not TdF, that's for sure.

Classiche shows original colour as "Azzurro Met. 106-A-32 Salchi", whatever that is. Photo below from thread on Fchat shows what looks like a much lighter blue (which matches the word Azzuro - light blue), but that does not use the word Salchi, which means I know not what.

Classiche shows current colour simply as Metallic Blue, which does not help! My guess is that when it was restored in 1999, the colour was changed to a darker shade (which is a good thing as far as I am concerned - light blue is not my colour). The interior was changed at the same time, from Blu Scuro to Beige.
 

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When I was in my early 30s I went and viewed 3 Dinos at Los Gatos Ferrari(California). My first choice in F-cars was the 250swb but even back then the car was out of my price range. The Dino, though not considered a true Ferrari by the 12-cylinder crowd, was to me a very stunning car which looked fast just parked. After checking out the 3 cars, I decided I would wait another year or so and come back with the $70,000 the car cost. Well 1yr went 2yrs and then we had the dot com crash. By the time I recovered from the dot com crash and looked at this amazing car, it was not affordable. Yes I still cry about this.
 

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I took the Dino out for its first proper drive today. Nothing epic, but a nice morning run (85 miles) around the less used roads of Devon, getting to know it a bit. It is a sheer delight!

OK, it's not the fastest of cars, but it's no slowcoach either. Once I had got used to the lack of torque at low revs, I found it a remarkably user-friendly car to drive. And the need to use revs is part of its charm - the music coming from just behind my head is delightful! As also is the gearchange, although once or twice it did require a fairly firm hand on the lever. The biggest boon on those roads, relatively narrow and twisty, is the size, or lack of it, compared to my 550, which can sometimes feel uncomfortably large on the back roads. I also found it remarkably comfortable, far more so than I had been expecting. Despite being a shade over 6 foot, I did not feel the least bit cramped and found the driving position perfectly fine once I had worked out where to rest my left foot. My only complaint is that the steering wheel completely blocks out the important part of the speedometer, which is going to be a bit of a nuisance if I am to keep my licence intact. And I can't rely on the rev counter to help me out, as that, too is blocked by the steering wheel.

So, all in all, a very happy bunny!
 

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John,

Your car is currently finished in Blu Dino Metallizzato 106-A-72. The term Salchi that you have found in the Classiche folder refers to the original paint manufacturer - Glidden Salchi.
 

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Hi, Iain. Thanks for that, most helpful. It really is a lovely colour and I guess Blu Dino is very appropriate for a Dino! I am totally smitten with the car, so pleased I decided to go for it. Thanks for your support.
 

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You are learning fast!
There is nothing below 2000 rpm for you, rise above that quickly. The transmission has a lot of heavy pieces and you should never consider speed shifting like a Porsche. Shifts should be planned and heavy handed. At the first covnience change gear oil to RedLine 75-90NS as I find it better than Swepco 201. Change the steering wheel to the Momo Prototipo, its smaller diameter and slightly thicker grip are why Ferrari chose it for the follow on Dinos

I took the Dino out for its first proper drive today. Nothing epic, but a nice morning run (85 miles) around the less used roads of Devon, getting to know it a bit. It is a sheer delight!

OK, it's not the fastest of cars, but it's no slowcoach either. Once I had got used to the lack of torque at low revs, I found it a remarkably user-friendly car to drive. And the need to use revs is part of its charm - the music coming from just behind my head is delightful! As also is the gearchange, although once or twice it did require a fairly firm hand on the lever. The biggest boon on those roads, relatively narrow and twisty, is the size, or lack of it, compared to my 550, which can sometimes feel uncomfortably large on the back roads. I also found it remarkably comfortable, far more so than I had been expecting. Despite being a shade over 6 foot, I did not feel the least bit cramped and found the driving position perfectly fine once I had worked out where to rest my left foot. My only complaint is that the steering wheel completely blocks out the important part of the speedometer, which is going to be a bit of a nuisance if I am to keep my licence intact. And I can't rely on the rev counter to help me out, as that, too is blocked by the steering wheel.

So, all in all, a very happy bunny!
 

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Thanks for the advice, but I don't think I shall be changing the wheel: I would be able to see even less of the instruments than I can now! I quite like the feel of the thin rim, too, so for now at least, it stays.
 

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Thanks for the advice, but I don't think I shall be changing the wheel: I would be able to see even less of the instruments than I can now! I quite like the feel of the thin rim, too, so for now at least, it stays.
Use your ear to find the shift point, buy a Garmin for actual speed as the Dino Speedo (or any Dino gauges) should never be considered precision instruments.
I'll bet your need is to thwart red light cameras
 

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It's my driving licence I am trying to protect, from speed cameras. As well as the usual single cameras which are usually easy to spot if you are alert, we have a particularly pernicious system where whole sections of motorway have cameras every few hundred yards and variable speed limits, as well as average speed cameras which measure your speed over a stretch of road, usually where there are road works, so it is essential to be able to know your speed. In my 911, I rely on my rev counter to tell me my speed, but I can't do this in the Dino!

I take your point about a Garmin. Actually I have a TomTom, but that does the same. However, that raises a point about how to plug it in (it's an old friend, still works fine, but it's battery doesn't last very long any more - a bit like me, in fact!) as the Dino's cigarette lighter is not of the usual design. Is there a way that this can easily be adapted to take a standard plug? And, as a matter of interest, how does it work? I am not a smoker, but curious to know how anything I own works.
 

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John, the original Brico Pram cigarette lighter is fixed in place in the car. To operate it you would place a cigarette in the centre then push the outer black plastic ring down to heat the element. The plastic ring then springs back up once the heating cycle has completed. It was presumably designed so that a cigarette could be lit more safely whilst driving without having to remove the push in type lighters that are found in most other cars. You could wire in a discreet under dash power supply for the Garmin to allow you to keep the original lighter.
 
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