This is one of the 91 examples that came Stateside with the ‘Chairs and Flares’ package

Back in 1957, Ferrari introduced the Dino series. The automaker introduced many cars under this marque for the following two decades. One of the first cars produced and sold in higher volumes was the Dino 246.

The 246 was sold in different iterations, and one of them has arrived at Bring-a-Trailer’s auction. The model in question is a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Chairs and Flares, which is one of the 91 Chairs and Flares examples produced for the U.S. market. The current bid for the rare car at the time of writing stands at $330,000.

What’s So Special About This Car?

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Originally, this 246 Dino was finished in ‘Blue Dino Metallizzato’. Being a ‘Chairs and Flares’ model, the flared wheel arches are prominent here. 25 years into the ownership, the car went through a refurbishment. For starters, a new paint job was conducted in Florida where the Dino 246 was given to a yellow shade. The bumpers and various trims were finished again. Lenses, emblems, and rubber seals all around were also replaced to keep the car fresh.

The car rides on 14×7.5-inch Campagnolo wheels wrapped in 205/70 Michelin XWX tires. The tires are just a couple of years old.

The Scaglietti body number 3020 can be seen stamped on multiple places like door jamb plates, doors, chrome trim, and coolant reservoir bracket, which adds to the authenticity of the car.
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On the inside, this Dino 246 has got some interesting equipment. A MOMO steering wheel with a Dino horn button graces the cockpit.

Behind it are gauges from Veglia Borletti which include a speedometer showing up to 170 mph and a tachometer with a 10,000 rpm cycle. It wears Daytona-style seats which came as part of the Chairs and Flares package. The cabin was originally trimmed in beige but is now reupholstered in black trim and accents. It even features a Borletti air conditioning system that was recently refurbished. Finally, there’s a period-correct Becker Mexico cassette radio.

What’s Under The Hood?

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This mid-engined car was powered by a 2.4-liter Tipo 135CS V-6 engine that made 192 horses.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. The gear lever is of the dogleg variety. The Dino 246 GTS sprints to 62 mph from a standstill in five seconds flat and can go all the way up to 146 mph.

Changes Made To The Car

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The dealer, who acquired the car in 2019, performed a rebuild earlier this year by refurbishing the cylinder heads, connecting rods, and radiator.

The three Weber DCNF carburetors were also rebuilt, and a new water pump, piston rings, head studs, main bearings, and seals were installed. The car has received additional services including replacing the clutch, battery, heater core, thermostat, oil-feed pipes, coolant hoses, fuel lines, and ignition wires.

Final Thoughts

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The car was delivered to Ferrari’s dealership in Nevada in 1974 and it was sold to its first owner in California the very same year, where it stayed until 1999. It was later moved to Florida for refurbishing and in 2019 was acquired by the selling dealer. The odometer shows 46,000 miles, about 200 of which have been added by the dealer. It has a clean Texas title at the moment.

The bid for this 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS at the time of penning this article stands at $330,000 with less than a day left for the auction to close. Apart from the car itself, the seller has also thrown in a tool kit, jack, a custom luggage set, coffee table book, framed poster, Marcel Massini report, owner’s manuals, and service records. Head over to the auction site and place your bid if you have around half a million bucks to spare.

Source: Bring-a-Trailer

Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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