1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
Enzo Ferrari named a series of smaller engine displacement cars, Dino, in honor of his late son, Alfredo Ferrari. Alfredo, also known as Dino, was Enzo’s firstborn son and was working on the engine for the car right before his death at age 24. The Ferrari Dino was designed to be an affordable competitor to the Porsche 911. The car was built for the road with the DNA of a race car. Meaning, you could adjust the driving response mode according to the road conditions and your preferred driving style.
At the November 1969 Turin Show, Ferrari debuted its latest model. Although it looked almost identical to its predecessor (the 206), this new 246 had a more substantial, 2.4-liter version of the twin-cam, 65-degree V-6 engine used in these street machines.
The design includes a long nose, lights set into the fenders, air intakes that point to its mid-mounted engine, and a flat Kamm tail. At the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari presented the 246 GTS, and the S stands for Spyder. It isn’t a full convertible, but has an easily removable Targa roof. This model is different from the hard-top version by three rectangular cabin air exhaust vents located behind the side windows.
There’s a specific sense of sport inside the 246 GTS. The interior was designed with the absence of wood on the dash and the presence of mechanical odometer instruments packed into an oval panel — just ahead of the driver, ready for a quick inspection. The steering wheel rim is leather-wrapped, and the corresponding shift lever is quite businesslike in appearance. Even with the cooling effects of the lift-off roof and power windows, the 246 GTS is equipped with air conditioning.
Ferrari mounted the V-6 engine transversely in the back of the car. The block is cast iron, and the heads with their chain-driven camshafts are in an aluminum-silicon alloy called silumin. Fed through a trio of Weber carburetors, the engine is said to produce 195 horsepower for these 2,400-pound cars. It’s estimated 60 mph comes up in around 6.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of about 145 mph. The five-speed transmission is tucked below and to the rear of the V-6 engine.
There is a rarity to the 246 GTS with only 1,274 produced between 1972 and 1974. The Gooding & Company offering matches a Bianco Polo Park exterior with a black leather interior. This exceptional vehicle has been driven less than 21,000 miles on the new chassis 05534.
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