1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870

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Lot 150
Equipped with A/C and power windows
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
Coachwork by Scaglietti - Design by Pininfarina

US$ 350,000 - 450,000
€ 290,000 - 380,000
Amended
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 04870

2,419cc DOHC V6 Engine
3 Twin-Throat Weber Carburetors
195bhp at 7,600rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Well cared for example of the desirable Ferrari Dino 246 Spider
*Prominent ownership history
*North American-delivery E-Series Dino with air conditioning and power windows
*Designed for twisty back roads and mountain passes
*Timeless Pininfarina design in open-top format



THE FERRARI DINO 246

It was the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2 car that led to the introduction of a 'junior' Ferrari, the Dino 206 GT, at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. Building on experience gained with its successful limited edition Dino 206 S 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 Alfredo 'Dino' 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 mandated by its aluminum construction hindered sales.

A 2.4-liter version on a longer wheelbase - the 246 GT - 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 246 GTS, 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 246 GT – 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

This very attractive Dino 246 GTS was completed at the Maranello Ferrari factory in October of 1972, in the final E-series of the production run. According to Matthias Bartz' 'bible' on the model, Ferrari Dino V6 Compendium, this car was equipped as a North American model, and was delivered in February 1973 to the Canadian market.

It remains unclear for how long the 246 GTS remained in Canada, but by 1984 the Dino appeared in Los Angeles, California, having accumulated 22,000 miles and showing in reportedly beautiful condition. Presented in red over tan, the Dino was offered for sale at this time at Modena Imports in West Hollywood, where it is believed to have been purchased by Hollywood actor Mr. Winston Rekert. During Mr. Rekert's ownership, the sporting Dino Spider is understood to have received much maintenance and refurbishment work, which included engine and suspension work, as well as installation of a new interior.

Mr. Rekert eventually put the car up for sale in 1998, with a recorded mileage of 47,397 miles; it sold through Ontario, Canada-based dealer Legendary Motorcar Company to a Mr. Mike Westrick of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mr. Westrick would sell the Dino in 2004 to its most recent owner. The Dino is believed to have remained in this ownership through 2013, when it was purchased by the consignor, a Ferrari collector and enthusiast from Southern California.

Fitted with air conditioning and power windows, this striking E-Series Ferrari Dino 246 GTS presents beautifully throughout. Having received much mechanical and cosmetic care over the years, this Spider is a fine representation of one of Enzo Ferrari's finest road car creations, one that is highly revered for its prowess in deftly navigating windy back roads. Offering excellent handling and the option between open or closed motoring, few cars are as epochal as this. Certainly, the intoxicating exhaust note courtesy of the Formula 2-derived V6, located just behind your head, will make a believer out of anyone lucky enough to ride in it.

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1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
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1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS  Chassis no. 04870
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