Introducing LOT 175 – the legendary Ferrari 246 GTS. We are thrilled to present this exceptional 246 GTS, Produced, delivered, and remaining in its simply breathtaking original paint Argento Auteil Metallizzato, carries matching numbers, red book / Classiche, and boasts a clean accident-free history.
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The Dino 246 emerged in response to the demand for enhanced power, featuring a robust 2.4 L V6 engine producing a respectable 192 bhp. Enthusiasts had the option to choose between two body styles: the GT coupé and the Spyder GTS. This iteration, in contrast to its predecessor, adopted a more cost-effective steel body construction, contributing to a weight range of 2,380 to 2,426 lbs, depending on the specific model.
Production of the Dino 246 spanned 3,569 units, spread across three distinct series. The Series I (L series) consisted of 357 cars and maintained similarities with the preceding 206 model, even sharing features like center-bolt wheels and “clapping hands” windscreen wipers. Series II (M series), which lasted until July 1971, featured notable improvements, such as the adoption of five-bolt Cromodora alloy wheels and parallel-moving wipers. The Series III (E series) models incorporated minor modifications in terms of gearing and fuel supply, and their production rate escalated, particularly to cater to the U.S. market, with 1,431 Series III GT coupés and 1,274 GTS removable top cars produced.
Performance-wise, the Dino 246 boasted a top speed of 148 mph (238 km/h), as substantiated by a road test conducted by Britain’s Motor magazine in July 1971. Impressively, it could accelerate from 0 to 50 mph (0 to 80 km/h) in a mere 5.5 seconds, narrowly edging out the Porsche 911S in acceleration. However, it was slightly less fuel-efficient than the Porsche. In terms of pricing, the Dino 246 came with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £5,485 in the UK, positioning it slightly above the Porsche 911S. As a point of comparison, the significantly larger four-passenger Citroën SM luxury coupe was available for £4,700.