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Coachwork by Designed by Pininfarina. Coachwork by Scaglietti
Please note this vehicle is titled 246GT04946, as a combination of the vehicle’s model and chassis numbers.
This ravishing example of the Series III 246 GT is equipped with one of the rarest option packages of any Dino and displays the benefits of an immaculate restoration by a noted Dino specialist. Originally dispatched in early 1973 to Hollywood Sport Cars, Chic Vandagriff’s famous dealership, this Dino coupe was sold new with the rare and desirable option combination of Daytona-style seats with widened fender flares, which accommodated newly available 71/2”-wide Campagnolo wheels.
Fewer than 300 Dinos were built by the factory with the coveted, aggressively styled flared fender treatment and nearly all were the open top, GTS model. In fact, Denny Schue’s famous Dino Register states that only five American-specification GT coupes featured the “Chairs and Flares” option. Equipped with factory air-conditioning, power windows, and finished in Nuovo Giallo Fly paint, chassis 04946 was sold on June 2, 1973, to Thomas Brockmiller of Rolling Hills, California. The Ferrari likely remained in the Golden State for the next decade, as it was purchased in 1983 by Joel Haffner of Carlsbad.
By 2003, the 246 GT had passed to an enthusiast based in nearby San Marcos, who sold it in June 2005 to Las Vegas-based collector Jon Gunderson, the proprietor of the noted specialty shop, Dino Restorations. Mr. Gunderson retained the car in storage for about two years before beginning a proper restoration in 2009, by which point he had relocated his business to San Diego. The depth and detail of Mr. Gunderson’s exacting process was beautifully captured in a series of photographs and blogs he posted on his company website, and chronicled the coupe’s restoration on the pages of FerrariChat.
Commencing in April 2009, Mr. Gunderson methodically disassembled the entire car, media blasting all of the mechanical parts for refinishing. The engine, gearbox, and differential were all rebuilt, a new wiring harness was scratch built, and the interior was completely retrimmed. The body was taken to bare metal and sent for a full repaint in Azzurro Metalizzato by Steve Kouracos of Costa Mesa, a longtime paint specialist who came out of retirement to apply a magnificent three-stage paint finish, with coats of silver, followed by blue, then a clear coat.
Completed in October 2012, the exacting nut-and-bolt restoration addressed each component to Ferrari factory standards, and was carefully and thoroughly documented on Mr. Gunderson’s website. The enthusiast added a few custom details, most notably his decision to abbreviate the extent of the black finish of the underbody. This was done with the intention of accentuating the handsome air-intake scoops below the bumperettes; and in combination with the addition of European-specification signal lamps, and slightly lowering the body’s ride height, the effect is truly intoxicating.
Once fully assembled, Cavallo Motorsports dialed in the engine and handling, and the beautiful Chairs and Flares Coupe was purchased by the consignor, a renowned Ferrari collector who has owned significant road cars, including a 275 GTB/C and a 250 GT Tour de France, as well as important racing cars such as a Dino 246 SP and a 512 BB/LM. Soon after his purchase, the Dino was presented at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance in April 2013, its only concours outing since completion. A recent test drive revealed the rare coupe to display confident road manners, brisk acceleration, with the exhaust note broadcasting its harmonious state of tune.
Dutifully tending to the 246 GT during his ownership the consignor assures that it remains, “in like-new condition, better than as delivered.” With such a beautiful and thoroughly documented restoration, this uniquely handsome Dino can be appreciated in the spirit of Maranello’s greatest. It is sure to attract attention at FCA events for its rarity and striking presence – just as Ferrari intended.