This European-registered car has a 2,418-cc V6, double overhead camshaft, cast iron block and light alloy heads, and produces 178 bhp at 7,000 rpm. It has a five-speed manual gearbox with front and rear independent suspension with unequal-length A arms, coil springs, tubular shock absorbers and four-wheel disc brakes.
The forerunner to the hugely popular Ferrari 246 GT and GTS was the 206 S Speciale, a styling exercise that Pininfarina exhibited at the 1965 Paris Motor Show. This car evolved into reality when a working prototype appeared at the Turin Motor show in 1966, and by 1969 the first 246 GT Dino was shown. The V6, four overhead camshaft engine was mounted transversely behind the driver and in front of the rear axle, while the gearbox was in unit with the differential and sump. The Pininfarina-styled body was an instant success, and the fact that the car performed brilliantly ensured it sold well.
There were a few detail changes during the production run, such as center-lock wheels changing to five-bolt types, and then a GTS version with removable roof panel. Just 1,274 GTSs, compared to 2,609 GTs, were built between 1969 and 1974, and they have always remained popular sports cars with classic car enthusiasts.
The early history of this car is unknown. It underwent a comprehensive restoration before being imported to Europe in the late ’80s.
This well-presented Dino is finished in the desirable classic color combination for the marque of red with black leather and has period six-branch alloy wheels. Regularly used by the vendor, it’s ready for enjoyable open-top spring and summer motoring and is currently EU registered and tax paid.