SOLD 03/14

1973 Ferrari
246 GTS Dino

High Caliber Restoration of a US Market GTS with AC and Daytona Seats. Books, Tools, and Jack

  • VIN5834
  • Exterior ColorRed
  • Interior ColorTan Leather
  • Mileage77426 Miles
  • Engine2.4 Litre 6-Cylinder
  • Transmission5-Speed
  • StatusSold
  • StockFJ1508


1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino
s/n 5834
Red with Tan Interior

Named for Enzo Ferrari's son, Alfredino, who died in 1956 at the age of 24 as the result of muscular dystrophy, the Dino was, fittingly, a 'baby' Ferrari that was dimensionally smaller and more nimble than any other street Ferrari. Its mid-placed engine was a Ferrari first for a street car, and the engine itself is a gem: a lovely quad cam V6 that reflected the lessons learned from producing V6s for Dino race cars like the 206 SP. The styling for the car was done by Pininfarina, and remains to many one of the most beautiful and exotic Ferraris of the period. Certainly the view from the driver's seat over the two prominently curved fenders is one of the most evocative roadgoing driver's seat views.

This particular car is a nicely restored US market example that is correctly and attractively presented. Originally finished in Blu Dino Metallizzato with beige interior, this car was supplied new to Luigi Chinetti Motors, who passed it on to Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors before it was sold to its original owner. By 1979, the car was owned by a doctor in Montebello, California, registered 602 RUO. It remained in California until 1987, when an owner in Tulsa, Oklahoma purchased the car and painted it red. The car was fully restored to high standards from 1996 to 2001 and was sold at the Scottsdale Auction in January 2002 to an owner in Greenwich, Connecticut. The car remained in Connecticut until being sold to a Californian owner in 2013.

The car is in excellent cosmetic condition, being not quite to show standards but a very high level driver. The body is straight and displays good panel fit and operation. The door bottoms, rockers, splash areas, and the remainder of the body are free of the bubbling that often afflicts Dinos. The paintwork was done to high standards and presents beautifully with almost no wear or aging present, with a superficial crack to the finish behind the driver’s door handle and around the door lock on the passenger side. The chrome is in excellent shape, as are the lights and glass. The top is excellent as well and the wheels appear to be freshly refinished and sit on Michelin XWX tires. The car is completely free of Ferrari badging, as these cars were originally delivered, although few survive in this configuration.

The interior is correct and extremely nice throughout. The seat upholstery and dashboard both appear to be original and are exceptionally nice considering this. The car is equipped with desirable Daytona seats. The carpets are excellent and appear new. The instruments and controls are in excellent condition, as is the center console, all of which appear to be original. The steering wheel is also correct and in excellent shape, and the storage bag for the top is still in place behind the seats. The car is fitted with a period Becker Mexico cassette player, as well as air conditioning.

The engine compartment, trunk, and front compartment are all clean and correct in appearance. The engine is correctly restored in appearance and while not spotless, is not in need of any cosmetic restoration and would respond well to attentive and sympathetic cleaning. The factory airbox is in place with correct semi-gloss finish and decals. The front compartment is in excellent shape with correct plastic liner, fuse covers, and restored spare, which also wears an XWX tire. The windscreen washer bag is present and intact. The trunk has correct type carpet in excellent condition and the car comes with tool roll with tools, jack bag with jack, and wheel chock. In both the front compartment and the trunk, the plastics are in exceptionally nice condition.

The car runs and drives very well. The motor is responsive, well-tuned, and powerful, in addition to sounding great. The gearbox works well overall with good second gear synchromesh when warm. The steering is tight, as is the chassis, giving the car a nice coherent feel. The brakes are effective and linear in operation.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a Dino GTS desirably optioned with Daytona seats and air conditioning. The car is in excellent condition and is complete tools, jack, and wheel chock. It also comes with reproduction owner’s manual and original parts book, as well as Marcel Massini history report.

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