Lot 71

2017   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2017

1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

Coachwork by Scaglietti

SOLD $319,000


$300,000 - $375,000



Car Highlights

Ferrari’s First Mid-Engine Road-Going Sports Car
Iconic and Timeless Pininfarina Styling
Long-Term Ownership from 1974 to 2015
Just over 23,000 Miles from New
Finished in Rare Nocciola Metallizzato over Tan

Technical Specs

2,418 CC DOHC 65º V-6 Engine
Three Weber Carburetors
175 BHP at 7,800 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Register to Bid

Frederick W. Field, Chicago, Illinois (acquired new in March 1974)Brett Beach, Springfield, Ohio (acquired from the above in late 1974)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Named for Enzo Ferrari’s late son, Alfredino, the V-6 Dino was Ferrari’s mid-engine sports car for the road. While the company experienced success with the Dino 206 S sports racer of 1966, Enzo Ferrari previously believed a mid-engine setup was too challenging for non-racers to handle.

Premiering at the 1967 Torino Motor Show, after lobbying from dealers and collaborator Sergio Pininfarina, Il Commendatore needn’t have worried – the Dino 206 GT was a hit with the motoring press and public. Powered by a 2.0-liter V-6, the GT was imbued with superb handling, beautiful styling, and a top speed approaching 140 mph. In 1969, a revised Dino 246 GT followed with a more durable steel body, an enlarged 2.4-liter V-6 producing 195 hp, and a wheelbase stretched 2.1" to improve cabin room. At the 1972 Geneva Auto Show, Ferrari introduced an open-top GTS version that had a removable roof panel. By the time production ceased in 1974, the Dino had become the company’s best-selling model, leading to the development of further mid-engine designs.

Finished in unusual Nocciola Metallizzato (Light Brown Metallic) over a tan leather interior, this 1973 246 GTS was delivered new in March 1974, by Knauz Continental Autos to Frederick W. Field, a resident of Chicago. The car was well-equipped with power windows, rare Borletti air-conditioning, Daytona-style seats with black inserts, and cast alloy wheels. Mr. Field did not keep the car long, and before the year was over this 246 GTS would find a long-term caretaker in Brett Beach of Springfield, Ohio, who would own and cherish the Dino until 2015.

A remarkably well-kept example, this GTS has an odometer reading of approximately 23,000 miles since new, which is believed accurate. While remaining largely original, the Scaglietti body was treated to a repaint in its original color about 15 years ago and still presents extremely well. The engine and trunk compartments have never been restored but have been preserved. The interior remains virtually untouched, with the original leather upholstery intact. The consignor reports that the Dino is in excellent working order and states that a comprehensive tune-up was performed 100 miles ago, as of cataloguing, with additional attention paid to the brakes, clutch, and air-conditioning systems. Included in the sale are the original tool kit and books, as well as a targa top cover, jack, and spare.

With only 1,274 examples of the 246 GTS produced, this sale represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a distinctive, low-mileage example of an iconic Ferrari model that is ready for its next owner to enjoy.