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Coachwork by Scaglietti
Harry Stovall, Los Angeles, California (acquired new in 1974)Harry Stovall Jr., Los Angeles, California (acquired from the above)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Consistently ranked among the most beautiful and engaging automobiles ever conceived, the “Dino” sports car was an inspired offshoot of Ferrari’s V-6 racing-engine development program of the 1950s and 1960s. Immediately successful, the Vittorio Jano-engineered “Dino” V-6, named in honor of Enzo Ferrari’s late son Alfredino, powered Ferrari to its first Grand Prix Manufacturer’s Championship and Mike Hawthorn to the driver’s title in 1958. FIA homologation requirements forced series production. To ease the production burden for Ferrari, a partnership was forged with Fiat to build the V-6 engines, which powered Fiat’s Pininfarina-built Dino Spyder debuting for 1966 and the Bertone-bodied Dino coupe from 1967.
Ferrari’s V-6 road cars were rooted in Pininfarina’s racy “Dino 206 S Speciale” styling exercise, first shown at the 1965 Paris Salon. The “Dino Berlinetta GT” appeared at Turin the next year, complete with a transverse mid-mounted V-6 and seductive Pininfarina designed body built by Scaglietti. The first production Dino, designated 206 GT – denoting 2.0 liters of engine displacement and six cylinders – debuted at Turin in 1967, heralding the first mid-engine production car by Ferrari and the launch product of the new Ferrari-based “Dino” brand. Just 150 were produced.
The definitive 246 GT arrived for 1969 with a power boost courtesy of its enlarged 2,418 cc engine. Capable of acceleration from rest to 60 mph in the seven-second range and nearly 150 mph at the top end, the 246 GT swiftly earned the praise of Ferrari enthusiasts and the motoring press alike. Nearly 2,500 were built. The 246 GTS debuted for 1972 with production through July 1974, featuring a lift-off roof panel, slight wheelbase extension, and elimination of the 246 GT Berlinetta’s rear quarter-windows. Just 1,274 were produced. While small in number, the 206 and 246 Dino were exceedingly influential with Ferrari’s later V-8 road cars, including the 308 and 328, clearly continuing the Dino’s basic styling cues and layout.
This 246 Dino GTS from 1974, numbered 07976, is an unrestored and largely original example. When new, it was purchased by Harry Stovall from Hollywood Sport Cars and, following his passing, it remained in the family’s collection. In 2012, prior to its eventual sale from the Stovall family to the consignor, 07976 received comprehensive service by Fast Cars Ltd. including carburetor adjustments and attention to both the cooling and ignition systems.
Accompanied by books, tools, and invoices, and blessed with a refreshing purity of line, this 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is a highly desirable example with long-term, single-family ownership and the unforgettable experience of an unrestored car.