1974 Ferrari 246 GTS

Throughout my life, I've seemed to gravitate towards cars that represent the final year of the production run. Case in point my 1998 Volkswagen GTI 2.0, my 2007 Mercedes-Benz C230 and my current ride, a 2006 MINI Cooper S. Well, it appears they saved the best for last when it came to this Ferrari 246 GTS. The swan song for the Dino was in 1974, where it had a 2.4 liter V6 with a new ignition system pumping out 195 horsepower (175 horsepower in smog-choked US trim) which was good for a top speed of just under 150mph. This yellow Dino for sale in Texas has the optional fender flares and wider Campagnolo wheels.

1974 Ferrari 246 GTS on JamesList

1974 Dino (Ferrari) 246 GTS s/n 08304. A very late production (May 1974) USA model “Chairs and Flares” Dino from new with the Factory fender flares and Daytona seats, finished off with the wider Factory-fitted Campagnolo wheels complete to the correct Campagnolo spare wheel. Restored in 2000 by Lee Stayton and only two owner since being restored. Finished in excellent quality Giallo (Fly yellow) paint with nice older black leather Daytona seats.

Serviced by Rod Drew’s F.A.I. Pulls strong to redline with very good syncros that go into both 1st and 2nd gear cold without a problem! 246 GTS s/n 08304 is fitted with very attractive headlight covers and is equipped with A/C, P/W and has the original top cover used to cover the targa top when stowed behind the seats. Mechanically maintained and detailed, this Dino is in excellent mechanical condition. A “time capsule” Ferrari with excellent syncros, a strong engine and everything working as it should. Complete with the original leather pouch, warranty book, owner’s manual and parts book, authorized dealer booklet, the yellow wiping rag, the original sales brochure, a partial tool set and the tool roll.

It seems that Dino prices have been increasing by leaps and bounds over the last year or two. This particular car is being advertised at a price higher than anything I’ve ever seen for this mid-engine exotic. You can still find Dinos of varying vintages in good condition in and around the $150,000 to $200,000 range, and most mint, concours examples might fetch between $250,000 to $300,000. This car has some desirable options and is in good nick, but at almost $400,000, I think we're pushing the envelope here when it comes to Dino values.

-Paul

Posted under: Ferrari
Dated: Oct 18 2012

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