1972 Ferrari 246 GTSSOLD

1972 Ferrari 246 GTS

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Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredo -‘Dino’ - for short, tragically passed away at the age of just 24. A talented engineer himself, he is widely credited for the 750 Monza. In the mid-1950s, the forward-thinking Dino would encourage his father to develop a modern V6 engine in 1955. Twelve years later, to honour his son, Enzo named the Dino series of road and racing Ferraris using this V-6 engine after him.
In 1966, the 206 GT was born. A small 2.0l V6 would provide 180hp and would also see use in the Fiat Dino, with the engines for both built by Fiat workers in Turin. It was the very first mid-engined 'Ferrari' and it's free-revving, dynamic chassis would have a lasting effect on Ferrari’s mid-engined model range. In 1969, the 246 GT was launched answering calls for more power. Now a 2.4l unit, the car produced 195hp and would be supplied in c.3,700 cars produced until 1974. 
In 1972, the 246 GTS was introduced and just 1,274 examples were built in the two year production run. The GTS could be visually identified by the absence of the smaller rear windows, in place of an integrated roll bar. The removable targa roof panel fits behind the seats when not in use. Weighing in at just 1,100 kg, the Dino GTS provided a fantastic drive with open air experience. 
This example was imported new to the USA by Chinetti in 1972. Unusually, this example was ordered to Euro specifications, affording a much neater and cleaner front end with the elegant curved front lights instead of the rectangular US specification examples. Smaller bumpers all round and towards the rear of the car in profile, the required side reflectors are much smaller and neater items than the standard US recessed lights. A prettier car all around, the Euro specification means this car also does without the engine modifications that reduced the power and the exhaust air-pump and tubing.
Sportily supplied in the fantastically vibrant Giallo Fly hue, this car was optioned with Nero ‘Daytona’ seats, power windows and is fitted with headlamp covers. This example was used on only occasional outings but was retained by its first keeper for 29 years passing to its second owner in 2001. This example was first restored between 2003- 2004, stripped to its bare metal form and treated to a comprehensive overhaul. After the restoration was completed, the car was shown at the Reading Ferrari Concours d’Elegance scoring Platinum in both 2004 and 2005. Although the car was re-trimmed and all rubber and trim replaced, the car retains its original ‘mouse-hair’ dashboard and it remains in excellent condition to this day. The car would pass through the hands of three further owners in the USA before being exported to Europe in 2011 to reside within a large collection. The car was largely restored once more between 2012 & 2013 with every mechanical component receiving necessary attention. 

Since the work was carried out and for the past 8 years, the car has been dry stored in the UK. This GTS was recently subjected to a thorough recommissioning service and today presents superbly. The clutch was replaced and tyres were replaced and the carburettors were set up to ensure it now drives as good as it looks. A fabulous example of a Dino GTS in a sought after colour scheme, with low, original mileage and fantastic Concours provenance, this example is ready to be used and enjoyed by its next custodian. This fantastic GTS is available to view by appointment immediately.

Reference Number 648959

as of 4/8/2021

Overview
Car 1972 Ferrari 246 GTS
VIN 04770 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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