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Lot 9

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

Coachwork by Scaglietti

SOLD $240,800

Estimate

$275,000 - $325,000

Chassis

03532

Car Highlights

Rare US-Specification Tipo E Variant with Electric Windows and Air-Conditioning
Originally Delivered in Blu Dino Metallizzato over Sabbia (Cream) Upholstery
Retained in Single Family Ownership for Almost Three Decades
California “Blue Plate” Car with Less than 26,000 Miles
Recent Mechanical Attention by Marque Specialist GTO Engineering

Technical Specs

2,418 CC DOHC 65º V-6 Engine
Three Weber Carburetors
175 BHP at 7,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Coil-Spring Suspension

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Harry Koue, Aptos, California (acquired in early 1989)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

In 1969, Ferrari updated the groundbreaking mid-engine Dino 206 GT with a larger engine and a number of subtle coachwork revisions, resulting in the 246 GT. Almost 2,500 examples were built over the next five years in three discrete series, the last of which – the Tipo E – went into production in mid-1971. The 246 GT featured seat-mounted headrests, relocated rear deck lid releases and door locks, short glove box doors, and shallow passenger footwells.

This Dino 246 GT, which was recently discovered in long-term, single family ownership, is one of approximately 1,275 examples specified for the US market, and one of only 828 coupes built in 1972. According to the research of model expert Matthias Bartz, chassis 03532 was originally finished in Blu Dino Metallizzato, making it one of just 255 Dinos painted in this attractive color. Trimmed with contrasting Sabbia (Cream) Vaumol leather, the 246 GT was factory-equipped with optional power windows, Borletti air-conditioning, Cromodora wheels, and retailed through Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada.

Chassis 03532 likely was sold new in California, and still wears its 1970s-era blue and yellow license plates. By the late 1980s, the Ferrari had been repainted in a slightly darker shade of blue and re-trimmed with gray leather upholstery. In 1989, Harry Koue of Aptos, California, acquired the Dino from well-known dealer Ferrari of Los Gatos and, according to Mr. Koue’s son, the car was in very good condition at the time of his purchase. Mr. Koue, a Ferrari enthusiast and FCA member, drove the 246 GT sparingly and displayed it in several local events early in his ownership. In 1994, he parked the Dino in a heated garage, where it remained for the next 24 years, parked alongside his Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 (Lot 8).

In late 2018, 03532 was entrusted to the marque experts at GTO Engineering in Los Angeles in preparation for its auction debut. During this time, the carburetors were rebuilt; the brakes were reconditioned with new pads, pins, and hoses; and the master cylinder and calipers were rebuilt and the rotors resurfaced. While this work has prepared the Dino for basic operation and presentation purposes, the next owner should anticipate further mechanical attention before use.

Retained in single family ownership for nearly three decades, this Dino has benefited from minimal use and displayed less than 26,000 miles at the time of cataloguing. It offers Ferrari enthusiasts and sports car aficionados an ideal basis for a full restoration, but it also could be presented and enjoyed in its current presentation. Given the inherent rarity of Dino GTs, this attractive example of Ferrari’s mid-engine classic is worthy of serious consideration.