1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino

Location: Ferrari Beverly Hills Collezione

Chassis: 08126

Engine Type: V-6

Transmission: Five-Speed Manual

Color: Argento | Rossa

Original Mileage: 44,427 Miles


This 1974 “Chairs” Dino 246 GTS has lived in California for the majority of its life, it recently went through a partial restoration with its last owner. The car was taken to bare metal and painted it Born with Factory Silver colors. At this time the owner also did an Engine out service as well as attending to the vehicle suspension . The car is now shown with its original born with colors. The interior is highly original with a new dash and remainder of the interior showing nice patina, with the key features Daytona seats, factory A/C, and power windows, and books. The car also was also born with Cromodora wheels, but it currently has highly desirable Campiagnolo wheels.

Owner History:
Lewis M Duckor, Atherton California – 1979-1985
Mark Z Landon, North Hollywood California – 1985 – 1987
Bert Kelly, Malibu California – 1987 – 1996

As the Ferrari 330 GTS arrived to Nevada, Harrah decided to entrust it to his mechanics for a special conversion. The car was ultimately destined to his then-wife and famous country singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry. Owing to the fact that Gentry had a preference towards closed-cockpit cars, the couple was inspired by the successful 1967 Porsche Targa and gave life to the “first Ferrari targa”. The conversion was minimally invasive and involved careful custom fabrication. Conveniently, the top bolted to the car’s existing factory top attachment points and was mated to the extended (and fixed) rear window which simply sat on the rear coachwork. The 330 GTS Targa was such a striking car, that it was selected to be on the cover of the December 1969 issue of Road & Track Magazine as the road test car. The factory even sent an emissary to see the car in person and contemplated a production run of 20 330 GTS Targas, but the car was at the end of its lifecycle and it couldn’t be done. However, Harrah’s first targa inspired Ferrari’s and Pininfarina’s to give the Dino 246 GTS a targa top, which was used in many prancing horses all the way to 1999 F355 GTS.

After divorcing from Bobbie Gentry, Harrah decided that the car held too many memories and put it for sale with only 2,500 miles. Numerous people were interested, but Robert Donner Jr., the son of a long-time friend, became the second lucky owner in 1973. While in Donner’s possession in Colorado Springs, the car was an important part of his considerable collection alongside other significant Ferraris, including a 250 PF Cabriolet Series I, a 512M and a 250 GTO (No. 5575G)! Donner took amazing care of this special car, conserving registrations, service receipts, as well as photos and articles of the car. He also accepted to have the car featured in the 119th issue of the Cavallino magazine, which was published in November 2000. Upon his passing in 2010 the car passed to his son David, who then sold it to architect Mark Haddawy of Los Angeles, with just 24,000 original miles on the odometer.

After removing the Targa conversion equipment, Mr. Haddawy had Beckman Metal Works of Costa Mesa, California, return No. 10913 to its convertible configuration in 2015. They then refinished the car, which until then had never been repainted, in the same factory-correct Argento paint. In 2015, Haddawy decided to part-ways with the car and sold it at the Monterey Mecum auction, where the car set the record for a 330 GTS, selling at $3,300,000 with fees. No. 10913 was acquired by the current and fifth owner at the 2016 Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach Auction.

Today, this 330 GTS remains in highly original condition and with just 27,155 documented miles from new. The car has had engine-out resealing operations performed and features a wonderfully original, undisturbed engine bay and, amazingly, the original factory exhaust system. The red upholstery is also beautifully original, and is augmented with a new canvas soft top and fresh, correct-weave carpet. The car runs wonderfully and has impeccable cold starts. Also included with the sale is the mint, original, and very complete book set and leather pouch, along with the jack inside its correct bag, the original spare keys and a binder with relevant documentation (including factory build sheets).

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