This 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is one of approximately 91 US-market Spyders built with “chairs and flares.”
The history of Ferrari’s Dino is an interesting one. This line was created as part of the lower-cost, non-V-12 lineup of Ferraris, but it ended up producing one of the coolest examples of a classic Ferrari: the Dino 246 GTS. The Dino 246 GT was doing well with sales, so Ferrari decided to step things up a notch by offering a version that allowed for some open fresh air while cruising around. Debuted at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 246 GTS Dino received plenty of positive reactions and feedback. The car still retained the body lines and shape of the 246 GT, but it was fitted with a targa top for open-air adventures.
Although the 246 GT was available from 1968 through 1974, the GTS featured a removable roof panel, and it was only produced from 1972 until the 246 line was retired in 1974. This Dino is all original, and in addition to having just 77,000 miles on the odometer. It was completed in April 10, 1974, with optional equipment including Campagnolo 14×7.5” wheels, flared fenders, Daytona-style seats, air conditioning, and power windows
Instead of the usual V12s that were under the hood of all Ferraris in those days, the Dino lineup all had six-cylinder engines. The 1973 Dino 246 GTS had a 2.4-liter V6 that produced 180 horsepower (on U.S.-spec models), and this engine was backed by a five-speed manual transmission. Despite being powered by a V6, it was still an incredibly sporty car for its day.
When most people think about a Ferrari from the '70s, it's usually the iconic 308 (the Dino 246's successor). If you're looking for a Ferrari that doesn't come with Magnum P.I. or National Lampoon's Vacation references, consider checking out this ultra-rare 1974 Dino 246 GTS.