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Desirable "Chairs and Flares" ModelDieter Holterbosch, New York, New York (acquired new in 1974)Dean Becker, Highland Park, Illinois (acquired circa 1996)Richard Wall, Beverly Hills, California (acquired in 1996)Private Collection, Encino, California (acquired in 2009)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
One of the last 20 ever built, the 246 GTS presented here is a truly special example of the most evolved Dino series, the Tipo E. A Dino of particular distinction, 08486 is one of the extremely rare factory-built “chairs and fares” models, so called because of their attractive Daytona seats, dramatically fared wheel arches, and 7.5" Campagnolo cast alloy wheels. All told, fewer than 300 Dinos were ever equipped with both chairs and fares, with the majority being US-spec GTS models.
According to the research of Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this 246 GTS was originally finished in the striking color combination of Argento Auteuil Metallizzato with beige upholstery and generously equipped with optional Borletti air-conditioning, radio, and electric windows. Upon completion, 08486 was delivered to Ferrari’s official North American distributor Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut, which offered the car for sale with a retail price of $19,860.
On August 21, 1974, the Dino was sold to its first owner, Heineken importer Dieter Holterbosch of New York. A pioneering East Coast collector, Mr. Holterbosch assembled an exceptional stable of automobiles with a focus on the finest sporting machines.
It is believed that Mr. Holterbosch retained the Dino well into the 1990s, when it was sold to noted collector Dean Becker of Highland Park, Illinois. In 1996, Richard Wall of Beverly Hills, California, acquired 08486, and from there, it passed into the care of another Southern California collector.
In May 2007, the Dino (then showing 21,884 miles) was entrusted to The Auto Gallery in Calabasas, California, where it received an extensive service. Receipts for the work performed, totaling nearly $13,000, are included in the car’s file. Today, this rare and desirable chairs and fares 246 GTS presents in outstanding condition and shows approximately 23,600 miles on the odometer, a figure that is believed to represent the original mileage from new. Offered with the sale of this exceptional Dino is a history report compiled by Marcel Massini, the original tool roll, and jack kit. The leather handbook folio contains the original owner’s manual, parts catalogue, warranty card, and service book, as well as the US version supplement, consumer information pamphlet, and the rare 1974 dealership directory. Also included in the car’s file is a copy of the original sale confirmation from Chinetti Motors to Holterbosch, a New York state insurance identification card, a Fiamm battery certificate, and radio manuals.
Boasting an exceptional provenance, superb original colors, and low mileage, as well as the most desirable options and accessories, this late-production chairs and fares 246 GTS is among the finest examples to be found anywhere. For the collector who demands only the very best, we encourage serious consideration of this superb Dino.