31 October 2012

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Lot 137

1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  • Chassis no. 07528

Sold for £224,000

195 bhp, 2,418 cc DOHC V-6 engine, five-speed manual transaxle (rear), unequal length A-arm front and rear suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and front and rear disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.1 in.

• Well documented RHD example

• Special features including flairs and Campagnolo wheels

• Matching-numbers

Powered by the 180 horsepower, 1,986-cubic centimetre V-6, the Dino 206 GT was not only Ferrari’s first mid-engined production car but also the first of a new Ferrari-based Dino brand, and it was presented entirely devoid of Ferrari identification.

The engine was built by Fiat, foreshadowing the growing relationship between Ferrari and the Italian auto giant, and it was also used in the Fiat Dino 206 front-engined coupé and spider. Even with Dino badges and a Fiat-built engine, the 206 GT’s lineage was clearly Ferrari. Its performance became even more exhilarating in 1969, when the V-6 was enlarged to 2,418-cubic centimetres and the power was increased to 195 horsepower in the V-6-powered Dino’s ultimate evolution, the 246 GT.

While Ferraris have always been defined by free-revving high performance engines, the Dino 246 GTs have quick, responsive handling that immediately separates them from earlier front-engined Ferraris and directly led to the present generation of Ferrari road cars. Exceptionally attractive Pininfarina styling, incorporating elements from the Dino sports racers, complements the performance of the road-going Dinos. These attributes have established the 246 GT as one of the most popular Ferraris on the market, both in GT and targa-top GTS form.

The stunning 246 GTS presented here was delivered new to one Rupert Dean via Maranello Concessionaires, as per original factory paperwork. The same paperwork, which is included in the car’s history file, confirms the car was delivered new as a right-hand drive, UK-specification example, complete with electric windows, an all-leather interior, “wider wheel housings”, and a non-standard Dino colour. Other features included a chrome nose bar and door mirrors.

Ownership records further indicate that Mr Gary Davis, of Poole, acquired the car in 1992, before it was purchased by Mr Paske, of Suffolk, who took the car off the road in 2005 and commenced a meticulous, detailed, and photographed restoration of the car that was finished two years later. Leaving no stone unturned, the car was restored to the last nut and bolt, and it was refinished in a striking colour of gunmetal grey with a beige leather interior. Since acquiring the car, the present owner, a noted Ferrari collector in his own right, has driven the car very sparingly and preserved its showroom-fresh condition. From the engine bay to the interior, the car presents exceptionally well and is complete with its original, matching-numbers engine.

As one considers this car’s specifications, from the right-hand drive and flairs to the special features and meticulous restoration, it is fair to conclude that this is quite inarguably one of the finest Dinos on the market—offered in stunning colours and in open GTS form no less!

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