c1971 Dino 246GTS  Chassis no. 04770

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Lot 290
c1971 Dino 246GTS
Chassis no. 04770

US$ 135,000 - 155,000
£ 100,000 - 120,000
c1971 Dino 246GTS
Chassis no. 04770
Showcased at the Turin Motor Show of 1967, the Pininfarina-styled 206GT Dino was a sensation. Designed to satisfy the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2, the 2-liter, four-cam V6 produced 180bhp, which, shrouded in a compact, lightweight aluminum body, would propel the car to over 140mph. Ferrari retained the mid-engine layout, but installed the V6 transversely, driving it through an in-unit five-speed transaxle.

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, for instance, its larger V12-engined stablemates in the Reggie Jackson collection, also on offer in this auction, 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 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.

Superbly presented in striking Giallo Fly, the 246 GTS offered here is a European model, imported to the United States in 1974. The fresh paint shows well with the contrasting black painted roof panel. The black leather interior features the highly desirable option of Daytona seat insets and its original 8-track stereo. The car is complete with tools, jack, and owners manual. A superb example of, what is credited by aficionados and experts alike, as one of the most beautiful Ferraris built.
c1971 Dino 246GTS  Chassis no. 04770
c1971 Dino 246GTS  Chassis no. 04770
c1971 Dino 246GTS  Chassis no. 04770
c1971 Dino 246GTS  Chassis no. 04770
c1971 Dino 246GTS  Chassis no. 04770
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