Arizona | Lot 115
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS by Scaglietti
$340,500 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
16 January 2020
- Ferrari Classiche Certified; original engine and gearbox
- Presented in its original combination of Giallo Fly over black leather
- Offered with only three owners from new
- Includes owner’s manuals, tool kit, and jack
Today it could be argued that Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, was as forward-looking as his father. Recognizing the potential for small-displacement, high-technology six-cylinder engines, his vision is more relevant today than ever before.
The small V-6 eventually made it into production as a 1,987-cubic-centimeter unit, which allowed Ferrari to qualify for Formula Two racing. Shortly thereafter, a prototype called the Dino 206 GT was born. It was first displayed at the 1965 Paris Motor Show, before being updated for the 1966 Turin Salon, and then it was put into production in 1968 as Ferrari’s first mid-engined model to be offered to the brand’s devotees.
While most 206 GTs stayed within the borders of Italy, the 246 GT was marketed globally. It was a success almost immediately at its launch, and it spawned the open-top GTS spider in 1972. Their responsive handling and free-revving engines characterized Ferrari well into the 1990s, giving the Dino a long-lasting appeal that serves as a fitting tribute to the short but highly influential life of Enzo Ferrari’s son.
Chassis 04268 was originally delivered in October 1972 to Bill Harrah’s Classic Modern Motors in Reno, Nevada. The Dino, nicely optioned, was originally ordered with air-conditioning and power windows. Moreover, it was tastefully finished in Ferrari’s second most popular color, Giallo Fly over a Pella Nera interior. The car would first be sold to a California enthusiast, later exchanging hands but remaining in the Sunshine State for over four decades.
Before the Dino would enter the ownership of its current custodian, it would undergo a comprehensive restoration. Approximately $85,000 was spent bringing back the car to its factory condition, including repainting the Dino in its original Giallo Fly as well as removing its V-6 for a complete engine breakdown and rebuild. Additionally, the Dino received a new interior, including the seats, dash, and door panels, which were correctly recovered. The Dino also received new rubber and carpets, and the wheels were refinished. The underside was stripped and refinished with correct cad plating and bushings, and the suspension was completely rebuilt.
Today the vivid Ferrari remains in exceptional condition and is accompanied by a set of owner’s manuals with leather folio, service receipts, wheel chock, jack, and tool kit. Moreover, the new owner will receive its comprehensive Ferrari Classiche certification binder confirming that the car retains its original engine and gearbox. This highly presentable example, having been blessed by the factory, is ready to be enjoyed to the fullest.