2022 | London Auction
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
Coachwork by Scaglietti
£375,000 - £425,000
One of Only 1,282 GTS Models Built; Rare European-Specification Example
Delivered New to France and Finished in Elegant Azzurro Metallizzato
Highly Original, Unrestored Dino with Known Provenance from New
Ferrari Classiche Certified as Retaining Matching-Numbers Engine and Gearbox
Offered with Red Book, Tool Roll, Jack, as well as Bartz and Massini Reports
2,419 CC DOHC 65° V-6 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCNF/20 Carburetors
195 BHP at 7,800 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent-Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
François Pollet, Lille, France (acquired new via Automobiles Ch. Pozzi in 1973)
Jacques-Michel Bricout, Paris, France (acquired from the above in 2004)
Volkmar Spielmann, Hanau, Germany (acquired from the above in 2005)
Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2010)
Temporary UK Import
See UK Registration/Import Status Guide in catalogue.
Unveiled in mid-1971, the third and final series of the Dino 246 GT was the Tipo E, which benefited from myriad technical and aesthetic refinements developed over the course of production. The following year, Ferrari introduced the first open-air Dino, the 246 GTS, of which a mere 1,282 examples were built through 1974. As this model was primarily aimed at the North American market, nearly half of the GTS Dinos built were delivered to the US, making European-specification cars – like the example presented here – exceedingly rare.
According to the research of Matthias Bartz, model authority and author of the definitive book Dino Compendium, this 246 GTS, chassis 06482, was completed on May 15, 1973, and finished in Azzurro Metallizzato (Metallic Blue), an elegant, medium blue specified on just 116 Dinos of all types.
Upon completion, this 246 GTS was shipped to Automobiles Charles Pozzi in Paris, which handled all but five of the 314 Dinos delivered to France. From there, 06482 was sold to its first private owner, François Pollet of Lille, France, who registered the Dino as “768 GP 59” and kept it until 2004. Subsequently owned by Jacques-Michel Bricout of Paris, the Dino was sold in 2005 to Volkmar Spielmann of Hanau, Germany. A well-known Italian car collector and Dino enthusiast, Mr. Spielmann was an active member of the Ferrari Club Deutschland and organizer of the annual Incontro meetings held in conjunction with the German Maserati club. During his ownership, the 246 GTS was certified by Ferrari Classiche, repainted in its original factory color, and was the subject of a feature article published in the April 2007 issue of Oldtimer Markt.
Since 2010, this 246 GTS has been a fixture in a prominent German collection, where it has been maintained alongside other significant Ferrari models. Today, it presents in largely original, unrestored condition, showing just 70,554 kilometers (43,840 miles) at the time of cataloguing. An unusually attractive and well-preserved Dino, 06482 still retains its original “Automobiles Ferrari” French-market data plate, Ch. Pozzi dealer decal, and yellow headlamps, all proud testaments to its French provenance. It also features factory and periodcorrect equipment, including a MOMO Prototipo steering wheel, Cromodora alloy wheels, and Becker Europa radio, as well as an original tool roll and jack.
Boasting an exceptional four-owner provenance, outstanding original color scheme, matching-numbers driveline per Classiche certification, and delightful patina, this rare, French-delivery 246 GTS is surely among the finest, most original examples to be found. For the collector who has been looking for a Dino of quality and distinction, the search ends here.