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Coachwork by Scaglietti
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Debuting at the 1967 Torino Motor Show, the Ferrari Dino 206 GT was the company’s first foray into mid-engined sports cars for consumers. While a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout was already preferred for motorsports, passenger cars had just begun to adopt this architecture.
While the Dino would become a hit with press and public alike, Enzo Ferrari initially believed that a mid-engine setup would be too difficult for non- racers to handle. It was only after lobbying by dealers and designer Sergio Pininfarina that Ferrari relented. The Dino name would memorialize Ferrari’s son, Alfredino, who had died in 1956, and the car was initially powered by a two-liter V-6 engine that Ferrari believed wouldn’t allow customers to get into too much trouble. England’s CAR magazine noted at the time, “The 206GT Dino stands out as one of the most advanced grand touring cars of our time.”
With a beautiful body crafted by Scaglietti, the Dino received its first major updates for 1969. Among the changes, the wheelbase was lengthened to increase cabin room and more durable steel replaced the 206’s aluminum coachwork. The V-6’s displacement was increased to 2.4 liters – hence the 246 name – with power increasing by 15 hp. Perhaps the Dino’s biggest change came with the March 1972 Geneva Auto Show introduction of the 246 GTS, which featured a one-piece removable targa top panel.
The 246 GTS offered here was originally delivered to Bud Pessin’s Archway Motor Imports in Manchester, Missouri. Painted in Rosso Rubino, a dark metallic red, with desirable Daytona-style seats upholstered in Sabbia and black, it was highly optioned with power windows and rare Borletti air-conditioning.
The Dino stayed with its first owner, William Deal of St. Louis, Missouri, for just one year before its second long-term caretaker, William Beech of Springfield, Ohio, acquired it in 1974. Beech is said by the consignor to have regularly exercised the car, keeping it for an amazing 41 years until September 2015.
Today, this 246 GTS registers less than 16,500 miles on its odometer and exudes originality. While this Ferrari was treated to a high-quality repaint in its original color, the interior remains well preserved. Significantly, the Dino is offered with its tool kit and handbooks, including the original warranty card addressed to Mr. Deal. Additionally, the consignor states that a service, with attention to the brakes, was performed in September 2015, less than 100 miles ago.
Complete with its desirable factory accessories, car cover, and leather targa top cover, this 246 GTS, benefiting from four decades in single family ownership, is suitable for a multitude of classic driving events and concours around the globe.