- Chassis 07048
- Single ownership for almost 40 years
- Recent expenditure at Ferrari for EUR 60.000,-
- Classiche Certification in process
- European delivered model offered in exquisite condition
The Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
With the sales of the Dino 246 GT stable, Ferrari looked to increase its popularity still further by introducing an open version. The 246 GTS made its debut at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show and reactions were immediately very positive. The styling retained the individual, attractive lines of the 264 GT, with the added advantage of a practical targa top for open-air driving.
During the production period of the 246 GT from 1969 to 1974, there were no major changes to any features, although various smaller items and details did change, leading to the three series of cars referred to as “L”, “M” and “E”. This is apart from the different market versions, and the targa-roof 246 GTS model.
The Series “E” cars were produced from early 1971 to the end of production in 1974. They incorporated all the changes to the Series “M” examples, together with further modifications to the engine and gearbox. The windscreen wiper parking arrangement changed from central to right, on left-hand drive cars, whilst right-hand drive examples retained the central parking arrangement.
The engine was transversely mounted in unit with the all-synchromesh five-speed transmission assembly, which was below and to the rear of the engine’s wet sump. It was fitted with a bank of three twin-choke Weber 40 DCN F/7 carburettors on Series “L” and “M” cars, with 40 DCN F/13 models on Series “E” cars, mounted in the centre of the vee, with a distributor and electronic ignition system, to produce a claimed power output of 195 hp.
Between 1969 and 1974 a total of 2487 Dino 246 GT models were produced, with 1274 246 GTS examples being produced between 1972 and 1974. (Source: Ferrari)
Paintwork: Argento Auteuil 106 E-1
Interior: Nero 161
Chassis 07048 is one of just 473 European models produced by the factory and supplied new to the Italian market. Its first owner kept the car for only 4 years before it passed on to its long term second owner in 1978, also from Italy. He would keep the car for the following 38 years and sell it in 2015. At that time 07048 was showing 56.000 KM on the clock, believed to be very accurate.
At the time of his purchase, the current owner was not happy with the engine performances, additionally the seats were not covered with the proper vinyl. Luckily enough the rest of the interior had been kept completely intact including the proper mouse hair dashboard as well as the central console.
Shortly after the owner had an official Ferrari dealer to rebuild the complete mechanics and undercarriage at a cost of nearly EUR 50.000,- while simultaneously having the seats re-upholstered by Lupi to meet the exact specifications from period.
While the car had undergone a full quality repaint over 10 years ago it is still flawless as of today, with not a single stone chip or micro scratch showing.
Having dealt with a large number of Dino in the past, we can confirm that 07048 is among one of the very best examples that we have had on consignment. With its matching numbers and original colours confirmed by the factory as well as its Classiche “red book” Certification pending anytime soon, this truly special motorcar is now ready to be enjoyed by its next owner.