The Ferrari Dino 246 GT
A classic 1969 Ferrari could be one the most expensive vintage cars ever auctioned in Ireland when it goes under the hammer on June 15.
The sleek Dino 246 GT is expected to fetch around €300,000 at Merlin Car Auctions in Naas - and is being sold because the driver is too tall to drive it.
The auctioneers said there has been strong interest in the online sale from across Ireland as well as the UK, Italy and Australia.
The blue Ferrari, which has only 25,000 miles on the clock, is powered by a 2.4 litre V6 engine.
The Italian-made two-door, which has a Dublin-registered "69 D" plate, has had six previous owners including drivers in Majorca and the UK.
There were only a total of around 350 of this type of car built between April 1969 and October 1970.
The name 'Dino' comes from Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari's son, Alfredo "Dino" Ferrari who died aged only 24 in 1956.
Merlin auctioneers said the car was completely restored at a cost of around €100,000 over a two year period between 1988 and 1990.
A spokesperson explained: "The current owner has owned this car for roughly 12 months and bought it along with a few others at the same time for him and his son.
"Since then his son, who is 6 foot 8 inches, has struggled to use it, so now there is a change in direction with the type of cars within his collection and the car is being put up for resale."
The spokesperson added: "This Dino is an iconic classic that will make a great addition to any collection.
"It is sure to attract admiring glances wherever the next owner chooses to take it."
A refundable €1,000 deposit will be required in order to place a bid on the car either physically at the event or online.
Around 400 cars of all makes and models are auctioned every Tuesday and Friday at Merlin Car Auctions off the M7 at Naas.
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