1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Spyder Coachwork by Pininfarina  Chassis no. 07396

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Lot 283
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Spyder
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 07396

CHF 90,000 - 110,000
US$ 92,000 - 110,000
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Spyder
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 07396
The Dino 246 GT replaced the Dino 206 GT in late 1969, an important year for Ferrari as it saw the firm’s formal association with FIAT and put at Maranello’s disposal the not inconsiderable resources of the Torinese group. The Dino’s chassis was lengthened and the body was now steel and the cylinder block cast-iron rather than aluminium, but the bigger engine's increased power - 195bhp at 7,600rpm - was adequate compensation for any weight gain. The outside fuel filler of the 206 was deleted, and the predecessors distinctive knock-off wheels went soon afterwards. Right-hand drive was offered for the first time and a Targa-top version, the 246 GTS, followed in 1972.

According to the highly respected Road & Track magazine, "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 tyres. Thanks to the layout's low polar moment of inertia the car responds instantly to it. The Dino's cornering limits are very high…”.

Ferrari factory records show that this European specification 246 GTS Dino was completed in November 1973 and sold new via Milan concessionaire Crepaldi. Finished in the original silver with black leather upholstery, this partially restored car has received attention to the interior, body and mechanics during the past year costing SFr 10,000. Offered with a letter from a previous owner, one Fritz Steiger, confirming his period of ownership as 1975 to 1988 (when acquired by the last – believed third - owner), this Dino is said to drive very well. It is offered with Swiss registration.
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