1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTSSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 8, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 2,418 CC DOHC 65° V-6 Engine Three Weber 40 DCN F/19 Carburetors 195 HP at 7,800 RPM 5-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes 4-Wheel Independent Wishbone Suspension with Coil-Springs and Shock Absorbers About this Car: The Dino 246 GTS presented here is a very special example that possesses the unique combination of 30-year single-family ownership, a fascinating period competition record and an outstanding concours pedigree. Completed in June 1972, this rare US-specification Tipo E 246 GTS was originally finished in Nuovo Giallo Fly over black upholstery and equipped from the factory with power windows and Cromodora alloy wheels. The only Dino ever delivered through Francisco Mir’s Diagnosis Service & Sales in Santa Monica, California, 04038 was sold new to local Ferrari enthusiast Lawrence Gosh on January 9, 1973. While the vast majority of Dino owners were content to experience their mid-engine sports cars on the road, Mr. Gosh believed that the 246 GTS had tremendous potential as a true dual-purpose car. In 1974, he began to race the Dino in regional events, the first being a special Ferrari Owners Club USA meeting at the famed Virginia City Hillclimb in Nevada. In an effort to extract even more performance from the 246 GTS, Mr. Gosh engineered a one-off fuel injection system using the standard Dino cylinder head as the foundation. Complete with a camshaft-driven mechanical injector and dramatic Can-Am-style velocity stacks, this ingenious addition gave Mr. Gosh’s GTS the remarkable distinction of being the only fuel-injected Dino in the world. In 1977, with its new fuel-injection system installed and tuned for maximum performance, the 246 GTS appeared at Riverside Raceway in Southern California and was tested by legendary American racing driver Elliot Forbes Robinson. With Robinson behind the wheel, Mr. Gosh’s fuel-injected GTS set a new track record for a six-cylinder Ferrari, posting an impressive 1:48.6 lap time around the 2.5-mile circuit. Following this promising result, Mr. Gosh further prepared the 246 GTS for racing by installing a prominent cold-air scoop and lightweight 308 GTB wheels. With his car better suited for competition, Mr. Gosh took the 246 GTS to Willow Springs Raceway and turned it over to his close friends, famed actor and race car driver Paul Newman and Elliot Forbes Robinson. It was a rare occasion that Newman and Robinson were at a track with a two passenger race car they could drive together, and Robinson gave Newman some pointers to improve his already refined driving skills. After his brief foray into motor sports, Mr. Gosh painted the Dino black – to match his 365 GTB/4 Daytona – and, in 1980, he installed a new correct-type 135 CS engine. For the next two decades, Mr. Gosh enjoyed the 246 GTS as an occasional driver, and it was not until the early 2000s that he finally decided to return the unique Dino to its original, as-delivered appearance. At this point a painstaking restoration was undertaken with the intent of creating a factory-correct, concours winner. Between 2003 and 2011, Mr. Gosh displayed his prized 246 GTS at numerous classic car events throughout the US and the Dino’s outstanding presentation earned it an impressive streak of prestigious awards. In addition to First Place awards at the California Concours d’Automobiles, the Le Cercle Concours d’Elegance, and the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, this exquisite Dino was also voted Best of Show Post-War at the 2009 St. Louis Concours d’Elegance at Forest Park and Best of Show at the 2010 St. Anthony Fest. Maintained in exceptional condition, this 246 GTS is accompanied by an impressive package that includes a tool roll, owners’ handbooks, Mr. Gosh’s custom-made fuel-injection system, a selection of period photographs, and a history report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini. In consideration of its unique history, authentic high-quality restoration, impressive provenance, and documented connection with two of the most admired race car drivers of the era, this superb Dino is sure to appeal to the most discriminating audience.

Reference Number 212958

as of 3/14/2013

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Car 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
VIN 04038 
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