1974 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO
COACHWORK BY SCAGLIETTI TO PININFARINA DESIGN
Chassis No. 08488
Red with tan leather interior
Engine: V-6, mid-engine, double overhead camshaft, cast iron block and light alloy heads, 2,418cc, 178bhp at 7,000rpm; Gearbox: five-speed manual; Suspension: front and rear independent with unequal length A-arms, coil springs, tubular shock absorbers; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
The first car to carry the name "Dino" was the 206S Speciale. They first appeared in mock-up form at the 1965 Paris Show and in the following year, at the Turin Show, the 206GT was launched with its traversly mounted engine just ahead of the rear axle. The name Dino was used in memory of Enzo Ferrari's son, Alfred Dino. He died tragically young and had been very closely involved in V6 engined sports racing cars of the early 1950s. The 246 road model was to be a successful attempt by Ferrari to attract potential owners of Porches and other exotic road cars to the Ferrari fold. After two years in coupe form, the detachable-roof Spyder version was unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Show and was designated as the GTS. Of the relatively limited model run of 246's, 1,180 were in GTS guise. The beautifully proportioned lines of these charismatic cars, allied to their performance and road holding soon brought them a reputation as a true driver's motor car.
This spectacular Dino is a very late example from the production run of the rare Spyders manufactured and is said to be one of the last ten built. A prior owner to the Blanc collection, Larry Zenoff, spent $15,000 for an immaculate repaint by the well known specialist Bill De Carr in Artesia, California in June 1989. At the time of purchase the market for all Ferrari's had sky-rocketed, and in April 1990, this Dino was purchased for the collection for the sum of $160,000.
At the time of purchase the Dino had a documented mileage of just 24,630 miles, today, the car has covered less than one hundred additional miles at approximately 24,726. Invoices that accompany the vehicle indicate that the car resided in Florida throughout the early 1980s. Invoices for service work document the mileage at 22,361 in 1983, 24,054 in 1985 and 24,189 in 1986. In 1984 the current owner who resided in Sarasota, Florida had Daytona stripe seat covers and new carpeting installed at a cost of $2,814 which is a particularly fine compliment to this vehicle. Also installed in the car are air conditioning and a Blaupunct stereo. This car has been well maintained by Modena Sports Cars, Incorporated and at the time of purchase, the car benefited from a major tune up costing nearly $3,000, since when the car has barely covered 100 miles. If you have ever desired to own a GTS Dino before, this example is surely one of the very best you could find and warrants close attention.