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*Please note that this car is currently undergoing certification by Ferrari Classiche. When the certification process is completed, any Ferrari Classiche documents related to the car will be supplied by the consignor to the buyer.
Completed in February 1974, this rare US-specification Tipo E 246 GTS was originally finished in Rosso Chiaro (20-R-190) over black upholstery and was generously equipped with power windows, Borletti air-conditioning, Daytona seats, and Campagnolo alloy wheels. In spring 1974, the 246 GTS was delivered to the official US West Coast Ferrari distributor Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada.
The first recorded owner, Charles C. Westlake of Bozeman, Montana, owned the 246 GTS until 1979, when it was sold to Gary L. Highland of Santa Rosa, California. During Mr. Highland’s ownership, the Dino was serviced at Modena Motors in Redwood City, where it benefited from a major service at 30,000 miles.
In May 1985, Ferrari of Los Gatos sold the 35,000-mile Dino to Vernon Miller of San Jose. Mr. Miller, the proprietor of Miller Meter Manufacturing Co., registered the Ferrari with special vanity plates reading “HIP VIP” and retained it until the late 1990s.
In 2007, the current owner discovered the 246 GTS in Pahrump, Nevada, and has since performed a ground-up restoration to concours standards.
During this two-year process, the Dino was completely disassembled and each mechanical system evaluated for function and appearance. The engine and transaxle were found to be in excellent condition and were meticulously detailed to factory standards. The carburetors, radiator, and alternator were all rebuilt, and new components – from an Ansa exhaust system to correct hose clamps – were sourced for a consistent presentation.
The braking system was restored as needed and the suspension benefited from new bushings, ball joints, and tie rod ends as well as rebuilt Koni shock absorbers. From there, the Campagnolo wheels were refinished and Michelin XWX tires were fitted.
As this work was being carried out, Alex Dell’Orso carefully prepared the bodywork and refinished the Dino in single-stage Rosso Chiaro paint. The interior was completely restored by noted upholsterer Michael Maestas and a deluxe Becker Mexico AM/FM radio was fitted for a period-correct appearance.
The consignor has driven the Dino approximately 200 miles since restoration and describes it as a “completely sorted” example. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer displayed just over 40,500 miles, a figure that is believed to represent the original mileage from new.
This spectacular 246 GTS is accompanied by a correct original tool roll, jack, wheel chock, emergency triangle, and spare belts as well as the leather handbook folio, which is complete with an owner’s manual, additional US-version supplement, warranty, service book, consumer information booklet, and dealer directory. Also included are the Borletti clock hangtag, a correct Dino key fob, the original smog equipment, and a file of service invoices and ownership documents dating back to the early 1980s.
With the exception of an appearance at the 2012 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance, the 246 GTS has not been displayed at any classic car events, allowing its next owner the rare opportunity to campaign a fresh, show-quality Ferrari at leading concours and FCA events.
As it becomes increasingly difficult to find a classic Ferrari with style and substance, the appearance of 07808 at auction is a most exciting opportunity. Here is a car that is eligible for a wide variety of classic car events, benefits from a high-caliber professional restoration, and is, according to many collectors, among the most rewarding classic Ferraris to own. Ideally specified, beautifully prepared, and offered with the proper tools, books, and records, this Dino offers a well-rounded package.
For the collector in search of a well-documented and impeccably prepared Ferrari Dino, there is no need to look any further than this superb 246 GTS.