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Lot 113

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

Coachwork by Scaglietti

SOLD $302,000

Estimate

$325,000 - $400,000

Chassis

05534

Car Highlights

Highly Original and with Less than 21,000 Miles from New
Ferrari’s First Mid-Engine Road-Going Sports Car
Finished in Uncommon Bianco Polo Park over Black
Well Documented and Recently Serviced
A Superb Example of Timeless Pininfarina Styling

Technical Specs

2,418 CC DOHC V-6 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCN F/19 Carburetors
195 BHP at 7,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent-Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs
Register to Bid

Low-Mileage Example Presented in Attractive Color CombinationPaul D. Nachtwey, Boston, Massachusetts (acquired circa 1983)Isaac Karchakian, Danvers, Massachusetts (acquired in 1990)Dennis Bosch, Sarasota, Florida (acquired from the estate of the above in 1999)Current Owner (acquired via Sky Motorworks)

Named for his late son, Alfredo “Dino,” the V-6-powered Dino was Enzo Ferrari’s first mid-engine sports car for the road. While the company had experienced success with the Dino 206 S sports racer of 1966, Ferrari initially believed a mid-engine setup was too tricky for non-racers.

Premiering at the 1967 Torino Motor Show after lobbying from dealers and collaborator Sergio Pininfarina, Enzo Ferrari need not have worried – the Dino 206 GT was a hit with the motoring press and public. Powered by a 2.0-liter V-6, the Dino was imbued with superb handling 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 inches to increase cabin room. At the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari introduced an open-top GTS version featuring a removable roof panel. When production of all variants ceased in 1974, it had become the company’s best-selling series to date.

While the majority of Dinos were painted in some shade of red, this US-market example is finished in uncommon Bianco Polo Park over a black vinyl interior. Equipped with power windows, air-conditioning, and Cromodora alloy wheels, this Dino is one of just 681 GTS models produced for 1973 and benefited from numerous “E-series” revisions including cosmetic and drivetrain updates.

Completed by Ferrari’s Maranello factory in May 1973, there are few details of its early history. As documented by the Bill of Sale on file, Paul D. Nachtwey of Boston, purchased this GTS in 1983. In June 1990, the car joined the collection of Isaac Karchakian of Danvers, Massachusetts, who retained it until his passing in 1997. In 1999, the GTS was sold by his estate to enthusiast Dennis Bosch of Sarasota, Florida, who kept the car until October 2018. It was sold the following month to the present owner via Sky Motorworks.

The odometer of this GTS reads just 20,184 miles. Highly original cosmetically, this Dino has been well preserved with the paintwork on its Pininfarina-designed body appearing likely very much as when it was new, with the exception of a few spot-paint areas to remedy blemishes over the years. Likewise, the interior remains in equally untouched condition. The consignor recently sent the GTS to specialist Naples Classic Car in Florida, for a service and carburetor tuning in June 2019.

Accompanied by copious receipts illustrating fastidious maintenance and upkeep, this very original, unmolested, and low-mileage GTS is set to perform in classic driving events or impress at a concours.