Rare 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Up For Auction

Jeffrey N. Ross

This is one of just 210 examples with the Marrone Dino Metallizzato paint job.

The history of Ferrari’s Dino is an interesting one. This line was created as part of the lower-cost, non-V-12 lineup of Ferraris, but it ended up producing one of the coolest examples of a classic Ferrari: the Dino 246 GTS. What you're looking at here is a 1973 Dino 246 GTS with just 24,500 miles on the odometer, and to make this car even more desirable, it wears Marrone Dino Metallizzato (aka, Light Tan Metallic) paint job, which apparently was only applied to about 210 cars.

Rare 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Up For Auction

Although the 246 GT was available from 1968 through 1974, the GTS featured a removable roof panel, and it was only produced from 1972 until the 246 line was retired in 1974. This Dino is all original, and in addition to having just 24,000 miles on the odometer, it spent over 30 years with one owner – this Ferrari wasn't passed around collections like some classics. The curvaceous fenders and exposed headlights give the 246 GTS a racecar-like appearance, and this body was designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti.

Instead of the usual V12s that were under the hood of all Ferraris in those days, the Dino lineup all had six-cylinder engines. The 1973 Dino 246 GTS had a 2.4-liter V6 that produced 180 horsepower (on U.S.-spec models), and this engine was backed by a five-speed manual transmission. Despite being powered by a V6, it was still an incredibly sporty car for its day.

When most people think about a Ferrari from the '70s, it's usually the iconic 308 (the Dino 246's successor). If you're looking for a Ferrari that doesn't come with Magnum P.I. or National Lampoon's Vacation references, consider checking out this ultra-rare 1973 Dino 246 GTS.

This particular Dino 246 GTS is being auctioned off alongside other collectible exotic cars from Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Bentley and Porsche at the Rand Luxury Motorcar Auction on Saturday October 12. This auction will be held at the Nassau County Museum of Art, and a portion of the proceeds of the auction will benefit the museum.

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