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*Please note that this car does not have air-conditioning and is not equipped with Campagnolo wheels, as was stated in the catalogue. It is equipped with Cromodora wheels and is accompanied by service records, copies of the original bill of sale and initial purchase paperwork, certificates of origin, and factory correspondence.
Caroline A. Kacirek, Scotch Plains, New Jersey (acquired new in October 1973)Fermo Jaeckle, Basking Ridge, New Jersey (acquired from the above circa 1983)Edith Master (acquired via The Stable, Ltd. circa 1996)Lee Barba, Bangall, New York (acquired from the above in July 2009)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
The exquisitely proportioned Dino was produced by Ferrari to compete with lower-priced offerings from competing European marques. An extremely successful model, the V-6 Dino was also noteworthy for being Ferrari’s first foray into mid-engine road-going cars.
While mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive designs were the preferred layout for motor sport, Enzo Ferrari believed such a setup was too dangerous for non-racers to handle. But after dealers and collaborator Sergio Pininfarina argued for the format, il Commendatore relented and 1967’s Dino 206 GT became a hit, boasting a top speed of over 140 mph, balanced handling, and a design among the era’s most beautiful. An uprated Dino 246 GT followed two years later. Among the notable changes, the wheelbase was stretched 2.1" to increase cabin room, and the V-6 was enlarged to 2.4 liters. Its chassis layout paved the way for dozens of future Ferrari models.
This 246 GT, chassis 03542, was completed at the Maranello Ferrari factory in March 1972. Delivered to Algar Enterprises of Paoli, Pennsylvania, one of the original importers of Ferrari vehicles in North America, it was optioned with power windows, air-conditioning, and equipped with Campagnolo alloy wheels mounted with Michelin tires. An accompanying copy of 03542’s original sales invoice records the sale of the Dino to its first owner, Caroline A. Kacirek of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, on October 20, 1973, for $13,000. She owned the car until 1983, when its second caretaker, Fermo Jaeckle of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, purchased it with just over 3,500 miles recorded. In the late 1990s, Edith Master, an Olympic equestrian bronze medalist, acquired the Dino, calling it the most beautiful car she had ever seen. She held it until July 2009, when it was sold to enthusiast Lee Barba of Bangall, New York, with just over 4,200 miles on the odometer. Mr. Barba enjoyed the car and kept it serviced by a Ferrari dealer in the Northeast before the consignor acquired it.
Today, this 246 GT registers less than 7,000 miles and exudes originality throughout. It is thought to retain a majority of its factory paint, and the interior is especially well preserved. It is accompanied by its books and tools, original tires, exhaust system, and cooling hoses that were replaced during a recent service. A recent test drive by a Gooding & Company specialist showed the Dino to be exhilarating on the road with very competent road manners, good power, and refined handling, providing insight into how these cars might have performed when new.
This 246 GT is one of the finest unrestored Dinos ever offered by Gooding & Company. Exceedingly difficult to replace, this fine Ferrari deserves your close inspection.