1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314

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Lot 17
Low-mileage example
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT

Sold for US$ 337,000 inc. premium
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT
Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 03314

2,419cc DOHC V6 Engine
3 Weber Carburetors
195bhp at 7,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*The sole Dino finished at the factory in striking French Blue Azzurro Dino
*Low-mileage example
*Offered with books, tools and jack
*Ready to take on the Coperstate 1000 or to be shown at Concours events
*Researched by Ferrari Historian's Cathy Roush Marcel Massini



THE FERRARI DINO 246

Introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1967, the all-new Dino 206GT was initiated to meet the need of a production-based Formula 2 power plant for Ferrari's racing program. A mid-engined layout with a compact, aluminum coupe body was chosen, and styled by legendary Pininfarina. The two-liter, 180bhp motor was powerful enough to propel the 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 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 7,500rpm - 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-engine 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..." The Dino, thus, was and remains truly a driver's car par excellence.

As the first series-produced, mid-engine 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 spiders by the time the model was deleted in June of 1974.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This expertly restored Ferrari Dino 246 GT is one of the final E-series, and therefore benefits from all the improvements made to the 246GTS model throughout the production run. This US-delivery, Dino Coupe was completed at the Maranello Ferrari works in February of 1972, and configured as a left hand drive.

Now what makes this exact Dino quite special is the exterior color the car was finished in from new. According to renowned Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, the new Dino left the factory in the striking, French Blue color called Azzurro Dino over a black interior with neatly contrasting grey carpets. According to Matthias Bartz' comprehensive book on the model, Dino Compendium, this was in fact the sole Dino finished in that color! The new Dino was fitted with Cromodora alloy wheels and power windows, and was soon after shipped off to the US, where Luigi Chinetti Motors of Greenwich, Connecticut would later take delivery.

Chinetti sold the French Blue Dino to Competition Leasing in June of 1972, a bank domiciled in Smithtown, New York, who possibly leased the car to a Dr. Samuel Canaan living in Missouri. According to the Dino Registry, the 246 GT was then stored in the basement of a house, possibly in Missouri, and left there for a few decades, beginning in 1976. In 1999 the car was owned by Springfield Missouri based enthusiast Blaine Gardner, and is said to have been in highly original condition, with just 4,051 miles on the odometer from new. The French Blue Dino was later offered by Steve Serio's Aston Martin of New England in Ferrari Market letter, and here described as having had just one registered owner from new, just 4,080 miles and in highly original condition, with the original tires and naturally the original Azzurro Dino paint and interior largely intact.

The Dino Coupe was later purchased by Ted Shasta of Harvard, Massachusetts, before Ken and Darin's McCay's Boston Sportscar began an extensive mechanical restoration of the car, with receipts totaling over $125,000. The car was then sent to Dicks Autobody of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the exterior paint was at this point changed to the more traditional Rosso Chiaro as seen on the car today - the interior was trimmed in dark blue by Nathan Evans of Elegant Trim of Boston, Massachusetts. Today this Dino presents extremely well inside and out. It is offered with marcel Massini's report, books, tools and a jack, and is ready to take on high-speed rallies such as the Copperstate 1000, or to be shown at national level Concours events.

Footnotes

  • Please note, that the odometer reading of around 5,300 miles, is in fact believed to be the cars actual mileage from new, and is verified by a Odometer Disclosure Statement on file.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, that the odometer reading of around 5,300 miles, is in fact believed to be the cars actual mileage from new, and is verified by a Odometer Disclosure Statement on file.
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1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
1972 FERRARI DINO 246 GT  Chassis no. 03314
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