In 1956, Enzo Ferrari’s son Dino died of muscular dystrophy. Six months prior, Dino had aided in the development of the Ferrari’s new 1.5-liter 65-degree V6 racing engine, prompting the grief-stricken Enzo to name the V6 after his son.
Shortly after in 1961, the 1.5-liter Dino V6 engine powered Ferrari to a Formula One World Championship with Phil Hill at the wheel. In 1968, Enzo used a 2.0-liter variant of the Dino V6 engine for a road car, but adamant that only V12-powered cars deserved the sacred Ferrari badge, he named the car the Dino 206.
The final iteration of the Dino 206, the 1972 Dino 246, saw the size of the V6 grow from 2.0-liter to 2.4-liters. The Pininfarina-designed body was now made of steel instead of aluminum and an open-top ‘GTS’ version joined the hardtop GT. Just 1,274 GTS models were produced, accounting for a little less than half of all 246s made.
A stunning Dino 246 GTS is set to cross the auction block at the upcoming Mecum Monterey auction during Monterey Car Week. The example to be sold has belonged to one family since 1972 and is arguably the finest surviving original example in existence. It wears the original Rosso Bordeaux factory applied paint, which is complimented by an original black interior, and it shows just 13,600 miles on the odometer.
A car of such provenance doesn’t come cheap. Even though the Dino 246 GTS doesn’t wear a Prancing Horse badge, it boasts Ferrari-like values. Mecum is expecting this glistening survivor car to command at least $375,000 and as much as $425,000 went it crosses the auction block this weekend.
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