Original US delivery, three documented private owners from new
1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Spyder
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 07914
* 2.4-liter V-6
* 5-speed manual transmission
* Stunning Pininfarina mid-engined design
* US delivery example
* Good documentation and service history
* Rarely seen white/grey color combination
* Comes with factory books
Lovely example of the desirable GTS model
Testing the ultimate V6-engined Dino the 246GT in 1972, the authoritative American motoring magazine Road & Track enthused, 'it is a thrill to drive a car like the Dino, one whose capabilities are far beyond what even an expert driver can use in most real-world motoring, and that is the Dino's reason for being. The real joy of a good mid-engined car is in its handling and braking and the Dino shone as we expected it to. The steering is quick without being super quick, and it transmits by what seems a carefully planned amount of feedback exactly what is going on at the tires. Thanks to the layout's low polar moment of inertia the car responds instantly to it. The Dino's cornering limits are very high... ' 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 Coupes and 1,274 GTS Spyders by the time the model was deleted in 1974.
A well documented Dino Spyder, this car is accompanied by a large history file which charts its history from new. This confirms that the car was originally delivered new to the US in Portland, Oregon in the attractive period hue of Marrone, equipped with air conditioning and Daytona seats as well as Cromodora wheels. The first owner was a local Portland resident, G. 'Fritz' Johnson, who kept the car until the late 1980s. Invoices on file show that in later years he entrusted a local company 'ATD' to restore the car for him, and it is conceivable this is when its color change to white took place.
In 1989 the car was offered for sale by a Monterey dealer and subsequently passed to a Mr. Barry Pressman of Palm Desert, California by which time it was known to be in the current white livery. From Pressman, the car passed through a Florida dealer, who in turn sold it to the former owner as a birthday present for his wife. The Dino would reside in this third private Pennsylvania ownership until emerging recently for sale. On file are bills showing maintenance throughout this last ownership, the majority being with Auto Tech Performance of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania and totaling a considerable sum. In the last few years this included attention to the instruments and electrics, as well as the updated headlight fairings.
With additional recent detailing, this stylish Spyder represents a good driver quality car to be enjoyed in the remaining summer months. The crisp white paint shows off the Dino's sublime shape to great advantage, accentuating Pininfarina's lovely detailing like the vents on the hood and sail panels and side air intakes.