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Lot 159

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

Coachwork by Scaglietti

Estimate

$350,000 - $425,000

Chassis

07906

Car Highlights

30,000-Mile Tipo E Model with Air-Conditioning and Power Windows
Extremely Rare Silver over Bright Blue Color Combination
Equipped with Optional Campagnolo Wheels and Daytona Seats
Offered with Books, Tools, and Extensive Service Records
Documented by Dino Authority Matthias Bartz

Technical Specs

2,418 CC DOHC 65° V-6 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCNF/19 Carburetors
175 BHP at 7,800 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
Register to Bid

Bruce Bowers, Greenwich, Connecticut (acquired new in 1974)Jonathan D. Asch, Greenwich, Connecticut (acquired from the above in 1983)Alfred Baxter, Oakland, California (acquired in 1992)Current Owner (acquired in 1999)

Completed at the Ferrari factory on March 26, 1974, this late-production Tipo E Dino is a very special example that possesses an extensively documented history, a desirable combination of optional features, and a superb presentation throughout.

Originally finished in Argento Auteuil Metallizzato (106-E-1) with Nuvola leather upholstery, this 246 GTS was destined for the US market and generously equipped with optional Daytona seats, instrumentation in miles, Borletti air-conditioning, electric windows, and a chrome grille guard. According to model authority Mattias Bartz, author of the definitive Dino Compendium, approximately nine Dinos were ever finished in this spectacular silver over bright blue color scheme. Upon completion, 07906 was delivered to official West Coast Ferrari distributor Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada, and sold to its first owner, Bruce Bowers of Greenwich, Connecticut. Mr. Bowers retained the 246 GTS for almost a decade, selling it to fellow Greenwich resident Jonathan Asch in 1983. The Dino remained on the East Coast until the late 1980s, when it relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. Owned by Alfred Baxter of Oakland, California, during the early 1990s, the Dino was eventually acquired by the current owner, a private Southern California collector, in 1999.

Over the past 17 years, the consignor has driven the Dino approximately 10,000 miles and has had it regularly serviced by trusted Ferrari specialists in Los Angeles, initially by Fine Auto Service and more recently by Exotic Performance. Refinished once in its original color approximately 20 years ago, this 246 GTS still retains its beautiful original Nuvola leather upholstery and is equipped with four optional Campagnolo cast alloy wheels and the original Cromodora spare.

Today, this attractive 246 GTS presents very well in all respects and shows just over 30,000 miles on the odometer, a figure that is documented by numerous records and consistent with the car’s minimal use. Offered with the sale of 07906 are a proper tool roll, jack kit, and leather handbook folio containing the original owner’s manual, parts catalogue, service book, and US version supplement. The accompanying file of service records dates back nearly two decades, and detailed invoices indicate the comprehensive attention given to the Dino.

Boasting an exceptional provenance, a superb original color scheme, and low mileage, as well as a desirable combination of options and accessories, this late-production Tipo E 246 GTS is a particularly impressive Dino. For the collector in search of a visually distinctive and well-kept example of the iconic 246 GTS, a closer look at this fascinating car is well advised.