Nobody can deny that the Dino is one of the best looking Ferraris ever built, and certainly nobody that has ever been fortunate enough to drive one walks away without realizing they have just experienced one of the most engaging and sensational sports cars of all time. I’ve owned just about every type of Ferrari ever built, from LeMans-winning 250 Comp Cars to Alloy 275 GTB/4 Berlinettas to F40s and the one I will never sell is my own personal 246 GTS Dino that I have owned for over twenty years. It is the one Ferrari that you can get in and drive at 10/10ths and never reach the limits of the car, or tire of its 4 cam V-6’s wail over your left shoulder or that magnificent view over those shapely front fenders. It is a mid-engined exotic that does everything you ever dreamt a Ferrari would do and none of the stuff you feared a Ferrari could do!
The Dino I am offering here is a rare European specification, late-1974 GTS Spider, Chassis #07630. It is 1 of 313 total Spiders produced for 1974, the last year of 246 Dino production- an important distinction as the final year cars have always been sought after as the ultimate evolution of type. #7630 is also quite unique in the fact that it is a European spec car (with all of the benefits, both mechanical and cosmetic that entails) that was sold new by casino magnate Bill Harrah’s famed Modern Classic Motors in Nevada. It is really the best of both worlds- a Euro car sold new in the US!
Per noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini here is the history of #07630 from new:
Originally Rosso Chiaro 20-R-190 with Nero 161 interior.
Delivered new to MCM Modern Classic Motors in Reno, NV.
1980 with Trend Imports in Hermosa Beach, CA.
1981 to 1984 Overseas Motorsports in Santa Ana, CA.
January 1985 Olivia Coach Company in Santa Monica, CA.
1985 to 1990 with Paul A. Bernard of Riverside, CA.
In 2013 its long-term California owner consigned the car to Mecum Auctions who sold it to its current owner.
#07630 is also well documented from new in the Dino Register: www.dinoregister.com
As you can see from the above it is one of very few Dino Spiders that still exist in their exact, as-delivered configuration and color combination. It is finished in Rosso Chiaro with Nero interior today, just as it was when new. With 86,000 original kilometers (53,000 miles) from new it has not been restored, simply maintained. The exterior is a high-quality older repaint that shows exceptionally well with great panel fit and few flaws. As a life-long west coast car there is no evidence of any rust, nor any signs of prior accident damage. The interior is in exceptional condition with newer carpet, all new weatherstrips, and a horrible old aftermarket radio. The dash is missing its original mouse fur flocking but looks fantastic. As a Euro car it has manual windows and no A/C, something I love.
Mechanically the car runs extremely strong with great oil pressure and cool temps. The gearbox is also very tight with strong synchros even when cold. The tires are new Vredesteins on all four corners with an ancient Michelin XWX spare in the trunk. The car has recently been serviced by a Ferrari specialist. The engine compartment is not detailed but clean, original, and tidy.
While not a Platinum-level FCA show car or fresh concours restoration this is an extremely sound and strong honest Euro-spec, late production Dino Spider with known history from new. It is no secret that Dinos have been realizing a rapid rise in value with no sign of slowing down. #07630 offers what could be one of the last opportunities to get a great Dino at a logical price.
- Price: $ 375000
- Year: 1974
- Mileage: 53,000 mi
- VIN: 07630
- Condition: Excellent
- Exterior Color: Red
- Interior Color: Black
- Transmission: 5 Speed
- Final Drive:
- Engine: 2.4L, 4 Cam, 3x2 BBL Weber Carbureted V-6
- Drivetrain: RWD