1970 Ferrari

246 GT "L-series" Dino Coupe

Rosso Corsa with Tan leather interior and Beige carpets, Restored, 35,000 Kilometers/21,500 miles from new, 1 of 347 L-Series Dino GTs manufactured, Documented by Massini, Excellent ownership and service history.

Clothed in dazzling Pininfarina-designed coachwork with body built by Scaglietti, the Dino first debuted in design concept form, known as the 206 S Speciale, at The Geneva Motor Show in March 1965. Several years later, it entered series production with the 206-specification, two-liter engine. After a short run of 150 cars, the 206 GT was updated in 1969 with a larger 2.4-liter motor, which was a displacement that remained unchanged until the Dinos discontinuation in 1974. The Dino demonstrated impressive balance during tight handling, thanks to its near-even weight distribution, which was a dividend of the race-proven rear-mid engine placement.

The 246 GT was ultimately built in three separate iterations, respectively known as the L, M and E-series. The L-series served as the direct successor to the 206 GT and was built from March of 1969 until October of 1970. During this time, only 357 total examples were built, and they are considered by connoisseurs as the bridge between the 206 and 246 GTs. The L-Series kept many detailed from the 206 including, the more purposeful 206-style seats and dash, center-lock knock-off wheels, a deeper passenger footwell with a folding footrest, a wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel and numerous other small distinctions. More significantly, the L-series cars featured lightweight alloy doors and decklids whereas the later M- and E-series cars used heavier all-steel bodies.

This desirable late-production L-series Dino 246 was built in July 1970 and was equipped to European specifications. It is an original number matching example, purchased new by John Calley, the famed producer of such films as The Cincinnati Kid, Catch 22, Remains of the Day and The DaVinci Code. Mr. Calley was also a Warner Brothers studio chief during the 1970s, and although not officially credited, he was no less responsible for such classics as The Towering Inferno, Deliverance, A Clockwork Orange and The Exorcist. Calley, who was equally known for socializing with celebrities ranging from Steve McQueen to Orson Welles, was also a collector of significant Ferraris, owning such cars as a 250 GTO, a 250 LM and a 250 GT SWB. He had previously purchased such important cars through Jacques Swaters renowned Garage Francorchamps in Belgium, this was likely the conduit that facilitated his purchase of chassis number 01016 in 1970 since Dinos were certainly difficult to source in the Unites States at this early juncture in the models run.

This 246 GT has a only a handful of collector owners since and has been kept in exception condition from new with sympathetic restoration undertaken when and where needed. In 2005, this 246 was purchased by its previous owner and keeper for the last ten years time. During this time, the Dino was used sparingly and enjoyed during seasonal use prior to having the following restoration work completed by a well-known Northeastern Ferrari specialist as well and further work being performed with the last year by Autosport Designs, Inc. Work included: Engine rebuild, Gearbox and Differential Rebuilds, Clutch assembly, Flywheel ring gear, Starter, Alternator, Voltage regulator, New alternator shield, Steering rack rebuild, Wiper motor rebuild, New fuses boxes, covers and decals, Clock rebuild, Complete front and rear suspension rebuild, Complete exterior chrome refurbishment, Refinished wheels, 5 new Michelin XWC tires, Supply and fitment of factory headlamp covers, New carpets interior, boot and overmats and the renewal of various factory silk screened emblems.

This is an exception L-Series Dino GT with complete ownership and service history and comes with its complete original tools, wheel chock, jack and complete books, user, sales and service manuals.

Price: $495,000