1973 FERRARI DINO 246GTS
Coachwork by Scaglietti - Design by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 06464
2,419cc DOHC V6 Engine
3 Twin Weber Carburetors
195bhp at 7,600rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Recent nut-and-bolt restoration
*Exquisite condition in and out
*Desirable Chairs and Flairs GTS specification
*Black with Tabacco colored interior from new
*Delivered new to the US through Modern Classic Motors
THE FERRARI DINO
It was the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2 that led to the introduction of a 'junior' Ferrari, the Dino 206GT, at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. Building on experience 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 coupe 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 142mph, and while there were few complaints about the car's 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 adequate compensation for the weight gain. A Targa-top version, the 246GTS, followed in 1972. While not quite as fast in a straight line as its larger V12-engined stable-mates, the nimble Dino was capable of showing almost anything a clean pair of heels over twisty going.
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 Dinos are landmark cars, and the line they founded would prove to be an immense commercial success for Maranello.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Completed at the Ferrari factory in December of 1973, the exceptional example of the applauded Dino 246 offered here, chassis no. 06464, was built as the open GTS version in the E production series, and believed to have been equipped with the desirable Daytona-style seats, and flared fenders to accommodate wider tires.
According to renowned Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, the new Dino left the factory in Nero 20-B-50 Black over a Tabacco VM 846 Dark Tan Leather interior, and was distributed to the Western United States through William F. Harrah's Ferrari distributorship, Modern Classic Motors.
06464 is believed to have been purchased new by the Adkins family of Bellingham, Washington. Meticulous maintenance notes dating back to the mid-1970s can be found in the log books and owner's manuals included in the Dino's history file. These notes neatly document the car's mileage, oil changes and service work for over two decades.
In 2012, 06464 was purchased by the consignor, an East Coast collector of important European sports cars. Although in need of a restoration, the running and driving Dino was complete and largely original, and the odometer reading of just over 65,000 miles appeared to be well-documented and correct. The new owner entrusted Oceanside, California restoration specialists Classic Showcase with the job of bringing 06464 back to show condition, and a complete nut and bolt restoration ensued.
During the yearlong process, the Dino was completely dissembled and documented. The bodywork was metal finished, fitted, leaded as needed, and all body parts and chrome were trial-fitted to the car, before the car was prepared for paint in the factory-delivered black. The chrome and bright work was re-plated as needed, and new rubber-trim and gaskets installed.
The Dino's mechanical systems were gone through, restored and serviced as needed. The transmission and clutch were refurbished and adjusted, and hydraulic systems were restored. Brake and suspension components received the same treatment, and the exhaust system was replaced. Finally, 06464 received a completely new interior using only correct and proper materials, and the period Blaupunkt radio was converted to digital compatability, with a hidden iPod jack aiding the driver's enjoyment. A CD with photos of the restoration work documents this process and is included with the history file.
Today, this exceptional Dino 246GTS presents extremely well. The body is straight with a superb fit, and the factory-correct deep, lustrous black finish shows off beautifully. The silver Campagnolo wheels are fitted with vintage-style Michelin XWX tires, giving the car the elegantly aggressive look it would have had on the street during the mid-1970s. One of the best restored Dinos we have ever had the pleasure of handling, this excellent example of the final-evolution Chairs and Flairs 246GTS Dino is perhaps the ideal representation of the model, and one which should attract an eager audience either on the show field...or out on the road.