1974 Ferrari 246 'Dino'

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1974
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    011
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

PROVENANCE
Richard Owen, Dallas, Texas (acquired new in 1974)

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS
Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, Seabrook, Texas, 2014 (Best in Class)

THIS CAR
When first released, the stunning and unprecedented Dino blended seductive coachwork and Ferrari engineering with a mid-engine layout – a first for Ferrari road cars. Designed by the legendary Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina and featuring the new V-6 engine, the Dino ushered Ferrari into world-class manufacturing. The Scaglietti-bodied Dino 246 GTS, with its removable roof panel, was unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Auto Show. By 1974, when production ceased, 1,282 spiders had been delivered, vastly expanding the North American market and ultimately establishing Ferrari as the leader in mid-engine performance cars.

In 1974 this remarkable Dino was delivered to Precision Motors, the Ferrari retailer in Dallas. Upon seeing it on display, the owner’s wife inquired and secured a 246 Dino brochure, later saying to her husband the words every enthusiast dreams of hearing: “Your birthday present is at the Ferrari dealer.” Initially daunted by the $18,000 price, the couple persevered and purchased the alluring Dino on June 12, 1974, and it has remained in the same ownership since. During the past 45 years, the car has been consistently serviced by Ferrari or Dino specialists and used sparingly – about 1,000 miles per year, on average – by its single dedicated owner.

In 1976, the car incurred minor damage to an area above the grille and was fully repainted in its original Ferrari red. Today, the original coachwork and chrome trim proudly remain, displaying years of respectful use. The interior retains its gently faded mouse hair dashboard material, as well as its original steering wheel, instruments, and other features, all of which acquired their patina through time and enjoyment. In 2012, the seats were reupholstered and upgraded to the Daytona style, and are complemented by the original red carpeting. Upon unlocking the latch levers, the engine compartment and trunk appear tidy, just as the front storage area reveals an OEM Michelin XWX spare tire on its Cromodora wheel.

Having traveled 46,062 miles as of cataloguing, as documented in numerous maintenance invoices, this remarkable Dino was most recently serviced, in mid-2018, by Norwood Auto Italia in Dallas, with work including carburetor adjustment, a new battery, new fuel pump, column switch repair, and brake flush. Accompanying the car are a multitude of original items, including owner’s manuals in their leather pouch, warranty card (featuring the consignor’s name), owner’s service booklet, chassis service manual abstract, spare parts catalogue, tool roll, jack kit, spare keys and original fob, and a selection of spare parts. In addition, there is a copy of the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin.

Decades of documented mileage and maintenance, as well as desirable options, make this late-production Dino 246 GTS among the best available: suited to enjoy, show, or drive, just as its sole owner has so lovingly done since he first guided it home.