1973 Ferrari 246 GTS 'Dino' - £324,995

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This is the most beautiful car in the world, bar none, and in the most stunning colour combination. It has been fully restored by Foskers Ferrari, recently serviced and needs nothing. It has covered 60k Miles from new and is one of approx 235 RHD GTS Spyders made.

 

It was the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2 that led to the introduction of a 'junior' Ferrari, the Dino 206 GT, at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. Building on experienced gained with its successful limited edition Dino 206S sports-racer of 1966, Ferrari retained the racer's mid-engined layout for the road car but installed the power unit transversely rather than longitudinally. A compact, aluminium-bodied coupe of striking appearance, the Pininfarina-styled Dino - named after Enzo Ferrari's late son Alfredino Ferrari and intended as the first of a separate but related marque - was powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cam V6 driving through an in-unit five-speed transaxle. The motor's 180bhp was good enough to propel the lightweight, aerodynamically-efficient Dino to 142mph, and while there were few complaints about the car's performance, the high cost enforced by its aluminium construction hindered sales.

 

A 2.4-litre version on a longer wheelbase - the 246 GT - replaced the Dino 206 in late 1969. The body was now steel and the cylinder block cast-iron rather than aluminium, but the bigger engine's increased power - 195bhp at 7,600rpm - was adequate compensation for the weight gain. A Targa-top version, the 246GTS, followed in 1972. While not quite as fast in a straight line as its larger V12-engined stablemates, the nimble Dino was capable of showing almost anything a clean pair of heels over twisty going. Testing the ultimate V6-engined Dino – the 246 GT – in 1972, the authoritative American motoring magazine Road & Track enthused, 'it is a thrill to drive a car like the Dino, one whose capabilities are far beyond what even an expert driver can use in most real-world motoring, and that is the Dino's reason for being. The real joy of a good mid-engined car is in its handling and braking and the Dino shone as we expected it to. The steering is quick without being super quick, and it transmits by what seems a carefully planned amount of feedback exactly what is going on at the tyres. Thanks to the layout's low polar moment of inertia the car responds instantly to it. The Dino's cornering limits are very high... ' Truly a driver's car par excellence.

 

Our car is one of very few original UK Supplied Right Hand Drive GTS’s made, finished from the factory in Argento Auteuil With Black interior, it still wears today. This car has a full comprehensive history from new and was subject to a full restoration in 2008 by Foskers with another body restoration taking place at the end of last year at a further cost of about £25k. The car had an earlier Concours restoration in the early Eighties also. This is a rare opportunity to buy a matching numbers, RHD, low mileage GTS, in brief, 06964 was first registered on the 20th September 1973 to Conforth Developments Ltd. In County Durham, supplied by S.G.M in Newcastle.

 

The car ended up in late 1977 with John Harris who was a Sound Engineer for the Rock Band “Queen”, Every owner is known and the history totally documented within the huge history folders. It also comes with a toolkit and book pack, including original brochures. This is certainly one of the finest GTS’s on the market and definitely the most attractive. This car ticks every box and needs nothing, has just completed a 700 mile round trip to Lem mans Classic faultlessly, it is ready for its next owner.