1974 Ferrari 246 'Dino'
- Year of manufacture1974
- Car typeOther
- Lot number148
- Exterior colourOther
Mark P. Jones, Windham, New Hampshire (acquired new in 1975)
Joe Buzzetta, St. James, New York (acquired from the above in 1976)
Dr. Vincent A. Cipollaro, New York (acquired from the above in 1984)
In 1968, Ferrari launched the Dino as a sub-brand to compete against sports cars that had lower sticker prices than Maranello’s V-12 models. Named for Enzo Ferrari’s son, the V-6 Dinos are noteworthy as Ferrari’s first foray into mid-engine sports cars, and became the company’s best-selling series by the time production ended in 1974.
Clad with a gorgeous Pininfarina-designed body and powered by a two-liter V-6, the Dino 206 GT was a hit upon introduction, featuring well-balanced handling and a top speed of over 140 mph. For 1969, the Dino received its first major revisions, becoming the 246. The wheelbase was stretched 2.4" to increase cabin room, and steel replaced the aluminum coachwork, while the V-6 was enlarged to 2.4 liters, for an increase in power and driveability. Perhaps the Dino’s biggest change came when the 246 GTS was unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Auto Show with a one-piece removable roof panel for an open-air experience.
According to Dino authority Matthias Bartz’s report on this car, chassis 08056 was completed at Modena in April 1974. Retailed by Chinetti-Garthwaite Imports Inc. of Paoli, Pennsylvania, it was later acquired, in 1976, by noted racing driver Joe Buzzetta, who owned it until 1984. A late-production Type E Dino, it benefited from updates and refinements over earlier models and was finished in Rosso Dino over a Sabbia (Tan) interior, and equipped with air-conditioning, power windows, Daytona seats, and Cromodora wheels. After a series of ownerships the conignor purchased the Dino in 2014 and commissioned a highly regarded shop, Farland Classic Restoration in Englewood, Colorado, to restore the car.
The Dino was disassembled, noted to be free of past accident damage or rust, and refinished in lively Bianco Polo (Polo White), while the exterior trim including lamps and lenses received commensurate attention. The tan Daytona-style interior was completely reupholstered with new correct leather and carpets, and the dashboard and instrumentation were refurbished as necessary. Jack Farland states that while the suspension and braking components were disassembled and rebuilt, major attention to the engine and transmission was deemed unnecessary because the Dino ran particularly well. Prior to the consignor’s acquisition, the engine had been rebuilt to original specifications, the transaxle had been blueprinted, and new synchros had been installed.
This Ferrari now presents extremely well, with the restorative work having been completed in 2015. The Dino 246 GTS has been driven sparingly, and today displays less than 18,000 miles, believed original. Presenting at a high level inside and out, and supplied with books, jack, and a file of receipts, this low-mileage example of the iconic Dino is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner, both on the road and on the show field.