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*Please note that this car received a major service in 2013, and receipts of this work accompany the sale.
First Owner (acquired via Modern Classic Motors on May 15, 1972)European Owner (acquired circa late 1980s)Dr. Farhad Farjam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (acquired in 2005)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Los Angeles Motor Show, May 1972
Consistently ranked among the most beautiful automobiles ever conceived, the Dino sports car was an inspired offshoot of Ferrari’s V-6 racing program, which earned the Scuderia the Grand Prix Manufacturer’s Championship in 1958. Further development resulted in the 1961 World Championship-winning 156 F1 car and the 246 SP sports racer, the winner of the 1961 Targa Florio. Planned use of a V-6 in Formula 2 and looming FIA homologation requirements for 1967 demanded series production. To ease the burden for low-volume producing Ferrari, a partnership was forged with Fiat to build the engines, which were first installed in the Pininfarina-built Dino Spider and Bertone-bodied Dino coupe.
Ferrari’s own production Dino, designated 206 GT, debuted at Torino in 1967 and marked the first mid-engine production car by Ferrari and the launch product of the new Ferrari-based Dino brand. Just 153 were produced and were soon followed by the 246 GT for 1969, with a power boost courtesy of its enlarged 2.4-liter engine. Nearly 2,500 246 GTs were built. The 246 GTS debuted for 1972 with production through 1974, featuring a lift-off roof, longer wheelbase, and elimination of the 246 GT Berlinetta’s rear-quarter windows. Just 1,274 were produced and all survivors are rightly coveted.
Numbered 03652, this Dino 246 GTS is an impressive example of these beautiful performers. According to the Dino Registry, chassis 03620 is listed as the first US-specification Dino 246 GTS produced, followed by only 16 subsequent build slots. The car offered here is quite possibly the second US-specification Dino 246 GTS ever built.
During May 1972, chassis 03652 was displayed at the prestigious Los Angeles Motor Show and then, on May 15th, it was sold by Modern Classic Motors of Reno, Nevada, to its first owner. It was subsequently offered for sale in 1977 by Ferrari of San Diego, and then it was exported to Europe during the late 1980s. During February 2003, a Middle Eastern collector acquired 03652, and under his ownership, the Dino was exactingly restored by Ferrari in Maranello from February to December 2006. As stated in the Ferrari Classiche Red Book, restorative work included “Complete restoration of engine, drivetrain, suspension, brake system and interior trim performed at Ferrari S.p.A. in Maranello, Italy from February to December 2006 by Ferrari Classiche.” While the original V-6 engine had been replaced at some point in the vehicle’s history, a correct unit, numbered 01112, currently powers it. Excellent features and options include air-conditioning, Cromodora wheels, Daytona-style seats or “chairs,” power windows, and a proper Rosso exterior finish. For the Ferrari collector seeking a top-specification Dino 246 GTS with Ferrari Classiche certification, 03652 is one of the finest.