1974 Dino 246 GTS #08442

Location: Ferrari Beverly Hills Collezione

Chassis: No. 08442

Engine: 2.4L V-6

Transmission: Five-speed manual

Designer: Pininfarina

Coachwork: Scaglietti Color: Rosso Rubino 106-R-83 | Pelle Nera VM 8500

Production run: One of 69 Dino 246 in Rosso Rubino

ABOUT THIS CAR

According to Ferrari records, this fantastic Dino 246 GTS was finished by the factory in May of 1974. The car was painted in the rare and stunning Rosso Rubino and upholstered in Pelle Nera. Between the total production of the Dino 246 GTs and the 1,246 targa-top 246 GTS, only 69 were finished in this color. Moreover, it was a US-model equipped with the desirable Daytona-style seats, fender flares, sand-cast Campagnolo alloy wheels, automatic windows and air conditioning. Subsequently, No. 08442 was delivered through Chinetti Garthwaite Imports, Ferrari’s East coast distributor at the time. Thanks to the “Dino Register”, which has recorded much about the ownership history of this car, we can reconstruct that by June 6th 1975, Marlene Shatkin of Winnetka (IL) was the car’s first lucky owner.

Shatkin held onto the Dino for some time, until it briefly went to Dennis Machul of Oak Brook (IL) in 1987. Dr. David Frankel acquired this Dino in the same year, bringing it to Florida. By 1994 Dr. Frankel moved to California with the car, and it has stayed in the Golden State ever since. Between 2000 and 2004, the car was in the hands of a venture capitalist by the name of Eric Kanowsky in Southern California, who then sold it to Alex Alabrian of Glendale. In 2010, No. 08442 entered the collection of the current consignor.

Currently, the car is presented at the Ferrari Beverly Hills showroom in excellent condition. The car appears to have had a fantastic repaint in recent years…with only minor patina. The rare Rosso Rubino paint shows well and is a truly interesting color for this model. The interior upholstery of No. 08442 is vastly original, with exception of new and correct dash. The black leather and Daytona seats have the perfect look, feel and smell. All electrical features of the car are in good working condition. Mechanically, the car starts easily and runs well and will just need routine maintenance service. We welcome you to come see it in person.

THE FERRARI DINO STORY

Enzo Ferrari named his first son Alfredo, after his beloved father and brother. Growing up, he was known as Alfredino, or Dino. Enzo loved Dino and saw in him a lot of potential as an engine developer. Unfortunately, Dino was affected by muscular dystrophy and would be taken at the young age of 24, in 1959. Dino had been pushing for the production of a line of racing cars with smaller engines, and was working on a six cylinder motor from his hospital bed, together with famed engineer Vittorio Jano. As Ferrari wished to race in the new 1.6L Formula 2 category and the rules called for 500 production vehicles using that same engine, the 206 Dino GT was born in cooperation with Fiat, and would later be increased to 2.4L in the 246 GT and GTS.

DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE

After one year of production of the 206 GT, Ferrari decided to considerably increase the Dino V6 cubic capacity and giving it a much needed bump of 35 horsepower. The Dino was a thoroughly modern vehicle with the V-6 engine transversely mounted behind the driver. Although Ferrari had pioneered this approach with the 206 S and 206 SP prototype race cars of the early 1960s, it had never been offered on a production car. The relatively small 2.4 litre engine was now good for 195 horsepower; but the Dino weighted just over one ton (2,381 lbs), and was built on a magnificent chassis. Its beautiful balance, responsive steering and easily modulated throttle steer, contributed to making it a true driver’s favourite. The 246 had a claimed top speed of 146 mph, although in July 1971 a road test by Britain’s Motor magazine reported a top speed of 148 mph, which compared favourably with the 136 mph (219 km/h achieved by a Porsche 911S. With a 0 – 50 mph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds the Dino narrowly outperformed the Porsche again.

 

The car was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, whose pen gave it a sexy, low, coke-bottle body which departed from the design theme of previous Ferraris. It opened the doors to the “exotic era” of Ferrari design, which would give birth to the 512 BB, the 288 GTO, the Testarossa… At the 1972 Geneva Auto Show, Ferrari introduced this targa-top version, giving the driver the freedom to easily remove the hard-top roof cover.

FINAL REMARKS

This numbers-matching car is finished in an original and fantastic period color, equipped with all the most desirable specifications for a Dino 246 and is offered publicly after a very long time. Thus representing an excel occasion to acquire a stand-out collectible Ferrari.

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