1. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  2. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  3. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  4. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  5. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  6. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  7. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  8. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  9. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  10. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

  11. 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

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1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $275,000 - $325,000
• Listed in the Dino Register; matching numbers engine
• Offered from long-term ownership and care since 1986
• Professional restoration by Skip McCabe
• Perennially desirable and striking vintage Ferrari
• Accompanied by extensive restoration and service receipts
• Highly desirable color combination

2,418 cc mid-mounted DOHC V-6 engine, triple Weber twin-choke carburetors, 195 HP at 7,800 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with wishbones and coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 92.1”

Consistently ranked among the most beautiful and engaging automobiles ever conceived, the Dino sports car was an inspired product of Ferrari’s V-6 racing-engine development program of the 1950s and 1960s, led by Vittorio Jano and furthered by Carlo Chiti. Immediately successful, Ferrari’s V-6 program powered Ferrari to its first Grand Prix Manufacturer’s Championship and Mike Hawthorn to the driver’s title in 1958. In 1961, Ferrari’s V-6 F1 car propelled American driver Phil Hill to capture the 1961 Manufacturer’s and Driver’s championships for himself and Ferrari. Continued F2 use of Ferrari’s racing V-6 dictated 500-unit production beginning in 1967, met with the help of Italian industrial giant FIAT, which produced a Ferrari-designed 2.0-litre, V-6 engine powering FIAT’s Pininfarina-built Dino Spyder debuted for 1966 and the Bertone-bodied Dino coupe from 1967.

Ferrari’s own line of V-6 road cars was rooted in Pininfarina’s racy Dino 206 S Speciale styling exercise first shown at Paris in 1965. The Dino Berlinetta GT appeared at Turin the next year, complete with a transverse mid-mounted V-6 and seductive Pininfarina-designed body built by Scaglietti. The first production Dino, designated 206 GT (denoting 2.0 litres of engine displacement and six cylinders) debuted at Turin in 1967, heralding the first mid-engine production car by Ferrari and the launch product of the new Ferrari-based Dino brand. Just 150 were produced. The definitive 246 GT arrived for 1969, with the new model officially launched at the November Turin Salon that year, although production had already begun by then. Carrying numerous refinements, the GTS carried 35 additional horsepower courtesy of its enlarged 2,418 cc engine and sprinted from rest to 60 mph in the seven-second range en route to 140-plus mph flat out, swiftly earning the praise of Ferrari enthusiasts and the motoring press. Nearly 2,500 examples were built to 1974, plus 1,274 of the Targa roof 246 GTS, which debuted at Geneva in March 1972, distinguished by its black removable roof panel. While relatively small in number, the 206 and 246 Dino were highly influential, being the first mid-engine road cars offered by Ferrari. They also left a huge stylistic footprint as the inspiration of Ferrari’s later Pininfarina-designed V-8 road cars, including the 308 and 328, which continued the Dino’s basic styling cues and layout through the 1980s.

Numbered 06274, this USA-specification 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS was also equipped new with desirable features and options including air-conditioning, power window lifts, and Cromodora alloy wheels. According to the late Dino enthusiast Denny Schue’s Dino Register, known history for 06274 dates to 1976, when it was owned by Terry L. Hasek of Highland Park, Illinois, who sold the Dino to fellow Illinois resident Rod McArthur, who retained the car until April 1986. According to a copy of a handwritten letter on file with the car, Mr. McArthur was presumably an executive with gift/collectibles company The Bradford Exchange, which sold 06274 on April 10, 1986 to the consignor. From 1995 through the 2000s, the Dino was given a long-term professional restoration by Skip McCabe at McCabe Automotive Restoration in Mundelein, Illinois, including a rebuild of the numbers matching engine by Motorcraft Ltd., followed by sorting and elevation to its pleasing present state. Refreshing in stunning silver over black upholstery, this 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS clearly benefits from its past 30-plus years of ownership and care under the watchful eye of the owner. Accompanied by extensive restoration and service documents, it stands as an extremely attractive example that is ready to be driven, shown, and enjoyed in the best classic Ferrari tradition.

1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
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