Single family ownership from new
1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS Spyder
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 03902
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 experienced gained with its successful limited edition Dino 206S sports-racer of 1966, Ferrari retained the racers mid-engined layout for the road car but installed the power unit transversely rather than longitudinally. A compact, aluminium-bodied coupe of striking appearance, the Pininfarina-styled Dino - named after Enzo Ferraris late son Alfredino Ferrari and intended as the first of a separate but related marque - was powered by a 2-litre, four-cam V6 driving through an in-unit five-speed transaxle. The motors 180 brake horsepower was good enough to propel the lightweight, aerodynamically-efficient Dino to 142mph, and while there were few complaints about the cars performance, the high cost enforced by its aluminium construction hindered sales.
A 2.4-litre 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 aluminium, 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 stablemates, 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 Dinos 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 layouts low polar moment of inertia the car responds instantly to it. The Dinos cornering limits are very high
Truly a drivers 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 deleted in 1974.
The stunning 246GTS we offer was delivered new in Paris, France via official Ferrari importer Pozzi to its first owner, Ferrari collector Dr Henri Borianne, on 15th February 1972. The current owner acquired it from the first (his father-in-law) in July 1979. This Dino 246 boasts a number of special features including Cromodora wheels; black vinyl-trimmed Targa top (instead of painted); electric windows; Daytona seats; inertia-reel seat belts; invisible rear-window radio antenna; superb full leather interior (including headlining); and custom-made, centre console by MVS Venturi.
The engine was rebuilt in 1980 (at 64,000 kilometres) by a Ferrari specialist in Modena and in 2003 was reworked by Ferrari at Maranello, where its maximum power was increased from the standard 196 to 240bhp. In August 2005 the engine underwent further specialist refurbishment at Garage Meynard in Saint-Lunaire, France where it was removed, treated to a top-end overhaul and converted to run on unleaded fuel (detailed invoices available).
Accident-free and presented in superb running order, this peerless Dino comes complete with its original rear view mirror; full and original tool kit; owners wallet containing warranty card, handbook and stamped service book; car cover; Contrôle Technique and French Carte Grise.