1972 Ferrari 246 GTS Spyder
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 04284
* 2.4-liter V-6
* 5-speed manual transmission
* Stunning Pininfarina mid-engined design
* Documented history
* Comes with factory books and tools
* Lovely example of the desirable GTS model
In the mid-1960s, Ferrari needed a production-based 2-liter engine for the new Formula 2 and conceived the mid-engined Dino to provide the necessary basis. The first of these 'junior' Ferraris the 206GT debuted at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. Building on experienced gained with its successful limited edition Dino 206S sports-racer of 1966, Ferrari retained the racer's mid-engined layout for the road car but installed the power unit transversely rather than longitudinally.
A compact, aluminum-bodied coupé of striking appearance, the Pininfarina-styled Dino - named after Enzo Ferrari's late son Alfredino Ferrari and intended as the first of a separate but related marque - was powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cam V6 driving through an in-unit five-speed transaxle. The motor's 180bhp was good enough to propel the lightweight, aerodynamically-efficient Dino to 230km/h and while there were few complaints about its performance, the high cost enforced by its aluminum construction hindered sales.
A 2.4-liter version on a longer wheelbase - the 246GT - replaced the Dino 206 in late 1969. The body was now steel and the cylinder block cast-iron rather than aluminum but the bigger engine's increased power - 195bhp at 7,600rpm - was more than adequate compensation for the weight gain, as the Dino's top speed increased slightly to around 240km/h. A Targa-top version, the 246GTS, followed in 1972. While not as fast in a straight line as its larger V12-engined stablemates, the nimble Dino was capable of showing almost anything a clean pair of heels over twisty roads. Truly a driver's car par excellence.
As the first series-produced, mid-engined Ferraris, the early Dino V6s are landmark cars. The line they founded would prove to be an immense commercial success for Maranello, production amounting to 2,487 GT coupés and 1,274 GTS spyders by the time the model was discontinued in 1974.
This is an extremely well presented and detailed example of the ever-popular Dino Spyder, which has clearly received a comprehensive restoration at some point and today is presented complete with correct factory tools and books. Inspected in the last few years by marque experts Blackhorse Garage of Bridgeport, Connecticut who commented that it was 'an excellent driving example with a solid, tight V6 and perfect road manners'. Its paint is unquestionably very good and the interior presents in as new condition.
According to documentation on file, including period correspondence from Chinetti-Garthwaite Imports Inc., the 1972 Dino Spyder '04284' was originally sold by them on February 23, 1973 to Orange Motors of Miami who in turn supplied it to the first owner Thomas E. Aldridge of Coconut Grove, Florida. A copy of its original invoice denotes that the Dino cost some $13,083 including power windows, air conditioning and a surcharge for its 'Nocciola' light metallic brown paint. Its original interior is known to have been 'Tobacco' brown leather.
The car would later pass to Pete Sherman of Orlando, Florida who kept it until 1977, at which point it was sold to a Terry Havens of Kentucky, Kentucky and it is thought that by this time it had been repainted to maroon and re-trimmed in black leather. In his ownership there is some suggestion that the car did receive some front end damage, but as evidenced by the car's fine condition, this was certainly professionally repaired at that time. For many years the car is listed as having been in Dublin, Ohio and then in more recent times it lived with custodian Josh Treverow of Providence, Rhode Island, in whose hands it was shown or exercised at the 2008 Cavallino Classic. More recently it passed through a Connecticut owner to the current custodian.
Presented in the classic red/black scheme that suits these cars so well, this is an eye catching example of Ferrari's sublime 246 Dino.
- Please note that the handbook/manual with the car is a later reproduction and the tools are from a more modern Ferrari.
Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number 246GTS04284.