<b>1974 Ferrari DINO 246GTS</b><br />Chassis no. 08278
Lot 173
1974 Ferrari DINO 246GTS
Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina
US$ 275,000 - 350,000
£210,000 - 270,000

Lot Details
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1974 Ferrari DINO 246GTS
Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 08278

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

*Under 30,000 miles from new
*Two owners from new
*Systematically refurbished aesthetics and mechanics
*Original books and extensive receipts for recent refurbishment


THE FERRARI DINO 246

Introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1967, the all-new Dino 206GT was initiated due to the need of a 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 good 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-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..." The Dino, thus, was and remains 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 spiders by the time the model was deleted in June of 1974.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Ferraris of any era don't come with a much more simple history than this beautiful 246 Spider, which has been with only two caretakers from new, the first of which was 'one lady owner'.

The present custodian spent many years seeking one of these cars, finding a balance of originality, color scheme and history difficult to pinpoint to his satisfaction. Eventually, in the mid 2000s he came across this example. As new the car had been delivered to the U.S. and to a Mrs. Daniel Weiler, far from being the perennially invented tale, this is supported by a host of early documentation included in its original folio, notably the original order, bill of sale/sticker and service schedule book. As new the car was sold through Orange Motors of Miami, Florida where it spent its winters, while summer months appear to have been in the Chardon, Ohio area.

As it arrived into the current enthusiast ownership the Ferrari had been laid up for a number of years, and while this protected the car and kept its miles down, by then it did require some sympathetic attention to return it to the road. This has been accomplished with a careful and systematic going through the technical and cosmetic aspects of the car, to bring it up to a nicely finished yet usable/driving quality example.

The seats which had dried out where matched in color and the reupholstered as was the faded Alcantara dash finish. The paint had been refinished in its original scheme earlier in its career and this has been detailed further. Beyond this, the suspension, brakes, and other mechanical aspects have been overhauled, the engine was out and heads rebuilt with new/old stock valves and a new clutch fitted. On recent inspection the car started easily and not surprisingly it was found to drive extremely well.

Over the course of more than 40 years, the total mileage still sits at a whisker under 30,000, which is supported by the aforementioned documents. Accompanying the car are tools, jack and an extensive file of receipts for work during its current ownership.
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