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This Ultra-Rare Ferrari Is One of the Most Desirable Dinos Ever Built. It’s Now up for Grabs.

Here’s your shot to score one of the most desirable Ferrari Dinos ever built.

A 1973 Dino 246 GTS in the “Chairs and Flares” configuration is currently up for auction on Bring a Trailer. The yellow spyder is one of the rarest examples of the vehicle and, based on early bidding, looks set to fetch a hefty sum.

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As hard as it may to be believe today, there was a time when Ferrari was interested in building an accessible sports car. That car was the 206 GT, a stylish V-6 that debuted in 1967 and was to be sold under the new Dino marque, which was named after founder Enzo Ferrari’s late son. The coupé looked great, but its powertrain left something to be desired and so, two years later, a more powerful version, called the 246 GT, was released. The car, which would also be available as a targa-top spyder (the 246 GTS), would prove to be a success. Over 3,500 examples rolled off the line between 1969 and 1974, an unheard of production run for Ferrari at the time.

The 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Chairs & Flares from the side
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS “Chairs & Flares”

This 1973 spyder, chassis no. 05830, has the added distinction of being a rare “Chairs and Flares” example. The exclusive configuration’s nickname comes from its Daytona-style seats (the “chairs”) and extended wheel arches (the “flares”) that were needed to accommodate its wider Campagnolo wheels. Only  91 U.S.-spec examples would leave the factory in the configuration.

The two-seater is finished in Giallo Fly yellow with a removable black targa roof. Its interior is covered in Nero Connolly leather and also features a Momo racing-style steering wheel, a Borletti air-conditioning system, and a Becker AM/FM radio, according to the listing. Under the hood, you’ll find the more potent 2.4-liter quad-cam V-6 with Weber carburetors. The mill produces 189 hp and 166 ft lbs of torque, all of which is sent to the back wheels by a five-speed manual transmission. This example has 77,000 miles on it but has a well-documented maintenance history—its oil was changed this past October—and looks to have been kept in impeccable shape.

Inside the 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Chairs & Flares
Inside the 246 GTS “Chairs & Flares”

Unsurprisingly, this 246 GTS won’t come cheap. With over nine days to go in the auction, the price has already reached $535,000. With four bids already placed, that price is sure to rise in the days to come.

Click here for more photos of the 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS “Chairs & Flares.”

1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Chairs & Flares
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Chairs & Flares

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