Auctions and Brokerage
Coachwork by Scaglietti
Stewart Sportswear, Inc., Bell Gardens, California (acquired new in June 1973 via Hollywood Sports Cars)Jef Peck, Redondo Beach, California (acquired before 1986)Bill DeCarr, Downey, California (acquired in 1986)Bruce Haley, Elmwood Park, New Jersey (acquired from the above in 1988)Alan Johnson, Sun Valley, California (acquired by 1996)Steve Berman, Los Angeles, California (acquired in 1999)Steve Harris Imports, Salt Lake City, Utah (acquired from the above June 2007)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Cavallino Classic XXI, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida, January 2012
Inspired by Enzo Ferrari’s late son, the “Dino” V-6 racing engine powered Scuderia Ferrari to its first Formula 1 World Manufacturers Championship in 1958. Refined, updated, and adapted by legendary engineer Carlo Chiti to meet the demands of many racing applications, the Dino V-6 was perfect for Formula 2 racing. However, a 500-unit annual requirement for 1967 forced series production, a significant challenge for low-volume Ferrari. A solution came in the form of a production deal with Italian giant Fiat, resulting in a new series of Fiat-built Dino sports cars, followed to market by Ferrari’s Dino brand, with the V-6 engines mounted in a sleek Pininfarina-designed, Scaglietti-built mid-engine sports car that continues to reign as one of the most beautiful and thrilling sports cars ever produced. Just 1,274 examples of the ultimate 246 GTS were built including 04786, the car offered here.
Carrying well-documented history, this 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is a mid-production “Series E” (Evoluzione) model, considered the most refined iteration of the series. Completed on January 22, 1973, it was sold new by Los Angeles-based dealer Hollywood Sports Cars to the proprietor of Stewart Sportswear, Inc., of Bell Gardens, California. This Dino would spend the majority of its lifetime in California and in the hands of a number of noted Ferrari collectors and enthusiasts.
During 2008, the prior owner commissioned a complete restoration with Redline Restorations of Black Rock, Connecticut. In 2012, the Dino was shown at that year’s edition of the prestigious FCA Cavallino Classic at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Currently finished in Rosso Corsa and complemented by covered headlamps and a black targa top, 04786 features leather Daytona seats, black carpeting, factory air-conditioning, electric windows, and a Becker Europa radio. Fastidiously detailed, the Dino presents exquisitely with correct features including Michelin XWX tires, decals, and finishes. Essential accessories include the original leather owner’s pouch, owner’s manual and parts book, dealer directory and consumer information card, targa top storage bag, ultra-rare dated warranty card, tools and tool roll, jack, and jack kit. A copy of the Dino Compendium by Matthias Bartz is also included.
Benefiting from a comprehensive recent service, this 246 Dino GTS provides an exciting opportunity for the enthusiast seeking a truly great and exceptionally authentic Dino in the most refined E-Series form. Fully outfitted with books, tools, and accessories, this outstanding 246 GTS Dino is ready to be shown and enjoyed with equal levels of gusto, and is complete with an unforgettable mechanical soundtrack provided by its racebred Dino V-6 engine.