1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

Uniqueness before beauty?
Thursday, 22 September - Saturday, 24 September
Sale Price
$400,000 - $500,000
Est. Range
24 September 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 97892. Red over black and red leather. 2419/195hp, 5-speed, Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli tires, headlight covers, fender flares, Daytona-style seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, air conditioning, Becker Mexico stereo.

Evaluation: Genuine “chairs and flares” Dino, represented as one of 150 so-equipped, and sold new in the US. Good older paint and chrome. The leather seats look newer but the steering wheel shows serious wear on the leather rim, warping on the areas around the shifter, and worn switchgear. Tidy, maintained engine. Better than a driver-quality car, but it has a few things to nitpick, including upholstery that looks incorrect and the fact that the Borrani wires are not to everyone’s taste (this car had Campagnolos on it originally, and they are not included in the sale).

Bottom Line: Even though it doesn’t make the car faster or even make much of a difference in looks, the combination of Daytona seats and fender flares (“chairs and flares”) is a rare enough option that it can add a premium of 20 percent on top of a “regular” Dino. Plus, “chairs and flares” is fun to say. In the case of this Dino, despite having some incorrect details it blew past its estimate and sold for what a perfect, show-worthy Dino with regular seats and fenders ordinarily would.

by Andrew Newton
29 September 2022
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