1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
- Chassis: 04264
- 36k Miles Shown, TMU
- Numbers-Matching 2.4-Liter DOHC V6
- Five-Speed Manual Transaxle
- Blu Dino Metallizzato Paint
- Beige Leather Upholstery
- Black Removable Targa Panel
- 14" Cromodora Wheels
- Air Conditioning
- Power Windows
- Becker Grand Prix Stereo
- Restoration in 1990s
- Photos & Invoices From Restoration
- Copy of Original Sales Invoice
- Marcel Massini Report
- Tool Kit & Factory Literature
- Copy of The Dino Compendium by Matthias Bartz
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This 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS was completed on July 26, 1972, and delivered to Chinetti-Garthwaite Imports in Pennsylvania before being sold new by Donald W.Y. Fong in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 27, 1972. Chassis 04264 remained with its first owner until 1985 when it was purchased by a resident of Buffalo, New York, whose six-year ownership included a repaint in red. Following an acquisition by its third owner, the car underwent a restoration in 1994 that included a repaint in the original shade of Blu Dino Metallizzato, an interior retrim in beige leather, a freshening of the 2.4-liter V6, and an overhaul of the five-speed manual transaxle. It remained with its third owner in Colorado until 2004 and then spent the ensuing 17 years with its subsequent owner in Hawaii. Features include a removable roof panel, Cromodora 14” wheels, air conditioning, power windows, and a Becker Grand Prix stereo. This Series III Dino was acquired by the selling dealer in late 2021 and is now offered with a Marcel Massini report, a copy of its original sales invoice, photos and invoices from the 1990s restoration, owner’s literature, a tool kit, and a clean Texas title.
The car is one of 255 Dinos finished from the factory in Blu Dino Metallizzato (106-A-72) and was returned to its original shade during a restoration performed by Michael Sheehan’s European Auto Restoration in Costa Mesa, California, in 1994. The body was stripped to bare metal during the project, with repairs carried out to the upper nose panel and other imperfections addressed prior to the application of paint. Scaglietti body number 1160 is shown in the photo gallery below stamped on the trunk hinges, door jamb plates, and coolant reservoir bracket as well as written on the rear trunk panel. Also included in the gallery are Securit glass etchings.
Cromodora alloy wheels were refinished during the 1990s restoration and wear 205/70VR14 Michelin XWX tires that were mounted in May 2021. A matching spare wrapped in older Michelin rubber is secured in the front compartment. Exterior equipment includes US-market lighting, a retractable antenna, and a black roof panel, the latter of which was fitted with new seals and latch covers in April 2022. The headlamp assemblies were also replaced in 2022.
The cabin was reupholstered during the 1990s restoration in beige leather, which is consistent with the factory-specified trim listed on the original sales invoices and Marcel Massini report. Additional features include mousehair dash trim, tan carpeting, a gated shifter, Klippan lap belts, air conditioning, power windows, a Becker Grand Prix stereo, and a locking bracket over the hood, trunk, and engine cover release handles. The radio is said to have been refurbished by Becker AutoSound in 2022.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel frames Veglia Borletti instrumentation including a 170-mph speedometer, a tachometer with a 7,700-rpm redline, and a clock as well as gauges monitoring oil and coolant temperature, oil pressure, fuel level, and amperage. The five-digit odometer shows 36k miles, approximately 100 of which have been added by the selling dealer.
The numbers-matching 2.4-liter Tipo 135CS DOHC V6 features a 65° angle between cylinder banks, dual overhead camshafts, Magneti Marelli ignition, and a trio of dual-barrel Weber carburetors. The engine was removed and partially disassembled during the 1990s restoration, at which time the internal components were inspected, the block and cylinder heads were cleaned, the head gaskets were replaced, and the carburetors and distributor were overhauled. The carburetors were again refreshed in 2013. Service in April 2022 included the installation of a rebuilt alternator, an oil change, and replacement of the coolant reservoir, thermostat housing, cooling hoses, crankcase breather hoses, and spark plugs. Results of a compression test performed by the selling dealer are shown for each cylinder in the gallery below, with readings between 140 and 150 psi.
The five-speed manual transaxle was overhauled during the 1990s restoration, at which time the flywheel was machined. Stopping power is provided by vacuum-assisted discs all around, and service to the braking system in 2022 included replacement of various hoses, a fluid flush, and installation of replacement trim over the servo. Service in 2004 included replacement of the upper and lower ball joints, front lower control arm bushings, and steering rack.
The composite photo above includes images of block stamping 0010144 and transaxle number 1193E, both of which are also listed on the Marcel Massini report provided in the gallery below.
The original sales invoice lists the original colors and equipment as well as a total price of $16,745. Additional ownership documents are included in the gallery below along with the Marcel Massini report and a history log compiled by Ferraris Online covering ownership through 2004.
Multiple pages of photos, progress descriptions, and invoices from the 1990s restoration are shown below along with additional service invoices dating back to the 1970s.
Included in the sale are a copy of The Dino Compendium by Matthias Bartz, owner’s manuals in a leather portfolio, additional factory literature and instruction materials, a Ferrari dust cloth, a tool kit, a jack and other emergency accessories, and a Hawaii 72-DINO license plate.