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Ferrari 246 GTS "Chairs & Flares"
The most beautiful car ever produced ?
Perhaps. Although even Enzo Ferrari said the E-Type was the most beautiful car, he certainly couldn't have been unhappy with the Dino.
Gorgeous to look at, fast, sublime to drive and made by Ferrari, the Dino was their first foray into producing a 'small' car powered by a V6 engine. It was badged Dino, named after Enzo's son Alfredino who died in 1956 aged 24, and not a Ferrari.
The Dino's undeniably striking design successfully combined the packaging requirements for a mid engined sports car with a beautiful body and has matured, like many other classic Ferrari's, into a highly desirable collectors piece.
The Dino concept evolved over the years and initially was launched in 1968 as the 206 GT powered by a 2 Litre V6 engine. This car was only built for around a year with 150 units produced, all were Left Hand Drive and it is believed only 5 of these were imported new to the UK.
Dino 246 GT arrived from Autumn 1969 and when compared to 206 GT incorporated a slightly longer wheelbase and a larger 2,418 cc engine. Denoted as L Series cars and built for 1 year with centre lock wheels until Autumn 1970 with a total volume of 357 vehicles produced.
M Series cars arrived in September 1970 with bolt on wheels and in October the first Right Hand Drive cars were available for the UK. Production of the M Series cars ceased in July 1971 with a total of 507 cars produced.
The final or E Series car started production in August 1971 and was produced until 1974 when it was replaced with the 308 GT4. The GTS with its removable targa roof was introduced in March 1972 and total E Series production amounted to 3019 cars in both GT and GTS form.
Probably one of the best restored and rarest Ferrari's that we have had the pleasure of offering for sale!
We are proud to offer this 1974 Dino 246 GTS, which is one of only 7 UK supplied, right hand drive cars, which was ordered with the factory fitted option of 7 1/2 inch Capagnolo alloy wheels and Daytona seats.
In ticking the option box for the wider wheels, the first owner automatically changed the design of the bodywork, as the wider wheels would have stuck out of the Dino's slender arches, meaning the necessity to fit wheel arch extensions, more commonly known as "flares" it was the 1970's!! So fast forward to 2017, and any Dino fitted with the Daytona seat option and the wider wheels is now know as a "Chairs & Flares" model.
This car has undergone a recent restoration to concours standards, by a leading UK restoration company. The quality and attention to detail really needs to be seen to be believed.
Supplied with a copy of the original bill of sale, plus an extensive restoration file, including details of all the work that has been carried out and supporting invoices.
Naturally the car has also been Classiche certified, and is available to view in our Nottingham showrooms.
To arrange an appointment or to discuss the car further, please call Neil Stewart on 01159 833 458.