On The Upswing – 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

Dino v-6 spyderOnce upon a time, Dinos were a relatively affordable way to get into Ferrari motoring. Anyone paying attention to classic Ferrari values, however, will already know that Dino prices have shot way up in the last few years, even past some of the twelve-cylinder Ferraris. These little mid-engined cars have certainly come a long way since their cold reception from Ferrari purists back in the late 1960s.

The Dino was still a great seller for Ferrari, so they aren’t scarce relative to some of their larger cousins, but that timeless styling and legendary powerplant have a lot of people wanting one. Those searching for the perfect 246 GTS (a rarer car than the closed version) might want to look somewhere else, but those with a little more relaxed standards should certainly give this Dino, located in Pasadena, California, a good look. The only potential red flag is in the engine bay. One look at the engine photo will reveal that the black cover over the carburetors is gone. According to the seller:

Unfortunately, the factory air cleaner has been replaced with an after market set up.  I was told that a mechanic who was rebuilding the carbs had painted the assembly.  After painting  he left the assembly out in the sun to dry in back of his shop.  It was then swiped by a passing scrap scrounger who assumed it was OK to take.

The rest of the car also isn’t perfect, but it’s still a beautiful driver-quality car that has been in Southern California since the early 1980s. Another 246 GTS that also had a few minor issues failed to sell at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge sale last year. The high bid of $185,000 fell way short of the $240,000 to $260,000 estimate. The seller of this car is a bit more ambitious with his reserve, but it seems to be paying off. eBay naturally reaches a much larger base of potential buyers than the traditional auctions, so by the end of its listing this old Dino might be very well sold.

Check out the 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS here on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $240,000.

Comments

  1. A Dino is not a Ferrari and Mr. Ferrari would be offended by it being called as such. Quit it …

  2. Steven Robertson says:

    The interior picture is from your Fiat Dino Coupe article and not of the Ferrari Dino 246 GTS featured.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Mr Ferrari got over that. So should you……

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