1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
Sold For $368,500Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 2015 - The Pinnacle Portfolio: A Rare Collective of Automotive Distinction
- A desirable late E-Series Dino
- Equipped from new with power windows and air conditioning
- Matching numbers
- Finished in its original colors of Argento Auteil Metallizzato over a Rosso interior with Daytona seats
- Recent service by Ferrari of Central Florida
195 hp, 2,418 cc DOHC V-6 engine with three Weber 40 DCN F/7 carburetors, five-speed manual transaxle, front and rear unequal-length A-arm suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.1 in.
Today, the mid-engined, two-seater Ferrari is a staple in the Ferrari lineup. Cars like the F355, 360 Modena, F430, and 458 Italia have cemented Ferrari’s reputation around the globe as the world’s premier manufacturer of mid-engined sports cars. All of these models owe the little Ferrari Dino their gratitude, for the Dino was the first mid-engined production Ferrari. Its six-cylinder engine packed a punch, and although Ferrari’s later mid-engined, entry-level sports cars all boasted V-8s, the Dino is fondly remembered for its perfect balance of power and handling.
This 246 GTS, a late E-Series example, was originally delivered new to the U.S., allegedly to Chris Martin, of Martin Guitar in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Although its early history is largely unknown, by the early 1990s the car was owned by Ken Dickey, of Casa Grande, Arizona. Shortly before he sold the car, a professional appraisal noted that the odometer was showing 27,883 original miles in May 1994.
The car passed from Dickey to collector John Marconi, of Orange, California. At this time, the Dino still retained its original factory power windows and air conditioning and had been repainted at least once in the past to a very high standard, being finished in its original color scheme, which it still retains today.
By 2009, chassis number 07794 had made its way to Long Island, being owned by Mark Fischler, of Hewlett Neck, New York. It was then purchased by its current owner in July 2011, and it has been well preserved and properly maintained since. At the time of cataloguing, its odometer showed 37,619 miles, which are still believed to be original and are supported by accompanying documentation. The car was serviced by Ferrari of Central Florida in February 2015 and is reported to be in splendid driving condition. Cosmetically, the Dino looks just as good as it drives. Its Argento Auteil metallic paint shows off the Dino’s curves beautifully, and the finish shines bright. The car’s interior is very welcoming, as it is finished in Rosso with black Daytona-style inserts, and it remains in wonderful condition as well.
The GTS is considered by many to be one of the best driving Ferraris of its era, as it offers its occupants the additional thrill of open air motoring. While the Dino is most known for holding a place in history near and dear to Ferrari’s heart, the model is also now considered a “blue chip” collectible that can easily be driven and enjoyed. As the Dino is faster than a Porsche 911 of similar vintage, and much more attractive as well, a well-maintained example is a vehicle that is on many aficionados’ automotive bucket-lists, and as such, chassis number 07794 warrants careful consideration. It would also be an astute acquisition for any enthusiast looking to enter the “classic car” world.