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Rooted in the pioneering work by Enzo Ferrari’s late son Alfredino (“Dino”) and brought to fruition by Vittorio Jano, the Ferrari V-6 racing engine very successfully powered various Ferrari F1, F2, and sports-racing cars during the 1960s. With this new engine in mind, Pininfarina displayed an unpowered “Dino 206 S Speciale” styling exercise in Dino Ferrari’s honor at the 1965 Paris Salon, followed by the “Dino Berlinetta GT” at Turin the next year, complete with a transverse mid-mounted V-6 and achingly beautiful Pininfarina-designed bodywork by Scaglietti.
The first production Dino, designated 206 GT (denoting 2.0 liters of engine displacement and six cylinders), debuted at Turin in 1967, marked the first mid-engine production car by Ferrari, and heralded the new Ferrari-based ‘Dino’ brand. Just 150 were produced. The 246 GT arrived for 1969, with a power boost courtesy of its enlarged 2,418 cc engine. Capable of accelerating from rest to 60 mph in the seven-second range and exceeding 140 mph, the 246 GT swiftly earned the praise of Ferrari enthusiasts and the motoring press. Nearly 2,500 were built. The 246 GTS debuted for 1972 and was produced through 1974, featuring a lift-off roof panel, slightly longer wheelbase, and elimination of the Berlinetta’s rear quarter-windows, marking the ultimate Dino with just 1,274 produced.
This late-production 246 GTS from 1974, numbered 08248, has enjoyed just two owners from new and single ownership for the past 28 years. An original US-specification example, it was originally equipped with highly desirable Daytona-style seat inserts (“Chairs”), plus Campagnolo alloy wheels, power windows, and air conditioning. Bill Harrah’s Reno, Nevada-based Modern Classic Motors imported it into the USA and Harley Cluxton, official Ferrari dealer for Arizona, sold it new to Joe Pisano, the highly successful Bonneville competitor, drag racer, and businessman of Venolia Pistons fame. The Dino’s second owner is none other than “Lil’ John” Lombardo, the highly successful auto-parts-chain owner and fellow drag racer, whose achievements include piloting Raymond Beadle’s “Blue Max” AA/Funny Car to victory at the 1985 NHRA U.S. Nationals.
Finished in excellent Rosso Corsa paintwork with new Daytona seats and carpeting. Simply outstanding from top to bottom, the Dino has travelled just 24,100 original miles. Proper and thorough mechanical maintenance over the years included the replacement and updating of all coolant pipes and hoses, and rebuilt brake calipers. Compression checks are noted to be near perfect, the engine pulls strongly to redline, and the gearbox features very good synchros and trouble-free operation, even while cold. In addition, the Dino is offered with the original and complete books including the warranty card within their original leather pouch, the original and complete tool roll, and the original and unused jack within its original storage bag. Service and parts records date back to 1985 and fascinating documents include copies of the Odometer Mileage Statement, Sales Invoice, Dealer Invoice from Modern Classic Motors, and Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO). A California car since purchased new by Mr. Pisano, s/n 08248 carries exceptional provenance and documentation. Properly maintained to the highest standards, very nicely detailed, and excellent throughout, 08248 is a wonderful example of a highly influential Ferrari driving machine with its aggressive exhaust note providing the perfect soundtrack!