This Rare Ferrari Dino 246 Spider Is A Sought-After Tribute To Enzo’s Son

This “chairs and flares” Ferrari Dino’s flared wheel arches and Daytona-style seats make it a collector’s dream car.

Enzo Ferrari would surely be pleased to know that the vehicle baring his son’s name is still a highly covetable collector car in 2024.

Bring a Trailer is currently auctioning off a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, and bidding has already surpassed the half-million mark. The Dino marque was founded in tribute to Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari,” Enzo’s first son and a brilliant automotive engineer in his own right. Following Dino’s untimely death at age 24 in 1956 due to muscular dystrophy, Enzo named the engine that he was developing, a 1.5-liter V6, in his honor.

The Dino model marque came later in 1967 with the debut of the 206 GT. As Robb Report points out, the nameplate was designed to be an accessible sports car, but its 2.0-liter Dino V6 and its 160 horsepower left some feeling underwhelmed.

The issue of paltry output was addressed in 1969 with the arrival of the Dino 246 and its Spider variant, the Dino 246 GTS, both of which got upgraded 2.4-liter Dino V6 engines that churned 192 horsepower. The model proved a resounding success that resulted in a 3,500-example production run, an unprecedented number for Ferrari at the time.

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Hagerty’s valuations for the 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS vary from $407,000 in “Fair” condition to $715,000 in pristine “Concours” condition, but those figures are for the base model. The Giallo Fly yellow example available on BaT is in the rare “Chairs and Flares” trim, meaning it features Daytona-style seats (“chairs”) and flared arches (“flares”) to accommodate wider Campagnolo wheels. “Chairs and Flares” Ferrari Dino 246 GTS models are considerably more desirable—a mere 91 U.S. spec versions were made.

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As such, Hagerty has calculated a 15 percent uptick across the board for the “Chairs and Flares” variant, meaning values swell from $715,000 to $822,250 for “Concours” condition, $635,000 to $730,250 for “Excellent” condition, $510,000 to $586,500 for “Good” condition, and $407,000 to $468,050 for “Fair” condition.

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Given that the specific car in question shows 77,000 miles on the odometer and recently underwent a “cosmetic refurbishment,” it’s most likely in Good or perhaps Excellent condition, meaning it’s likely worth anywhere from $586,500 to $730,250. Good news, as right now top bid is $550,000 with six days left. Head to BaT’s website to keep an eye on it.

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