1969 Ferrari 246 GT

With the sales of the Dino 246 GT stable, Ferrari looked to increase its popularity still further by introducing an open version. The 246 GTS made its debut at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show and reactions were immediately very positive. The styling retained the individual, attractive lines of the 264 GT, with the added advantage of a practical targa top for open-air driving.

The Dino 246 GT made its official debut at the Turin Show in November 1969, although the production run had already commenced.

81 examples were completed by the end of the year. Broadly speaking, series “L” cars were produced in late 1969 and through 1970. They have road wheels with a single knock-off spinner, front quarter bumpers into the grille opening, rear licence plate lights in the quarter bumper ends, an external boot lid release button and head rests mounted on the rear bulkhead.

Body construction was steel with an aluminium front lid. A USA market version was introduced at the end of 1971, which can be identified by the vertical instead of flush mounted indicator lights in the nose panel, and rectangular side marker lights cut into the front and rear wings.

The 246 GTS model with a black finished removable roof panel was introduced in the spring of 1972 at the Geneva Show. Apart from the removable roof panel, it can be identified by the omission of the rear quarter windows, which were replaced by a plain metal sail panel with three rectangular cabin exhaust air slots.

As with the 246 and 206 GTB Dino, the engine was again of 65 degree configuration, with chain-driven twin overhead camshafts per bank, having a total capacity of 2418cc, with a bore and stroke of 92.5mm x 60mm, bearing factory type reference 135 CS. The cylinder block was cast iron, whilst the cylinder heads and various other castings were of a silumin alloy.

Ferrari 246 GT Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 1972

type rear, transverse, 65° V6
bore/stroke 92.5 x 60 mm
unitary displacement 403.20 cc
total displacement 2419.20 cc
compression ratio 9 : 1
maximum power 143 kW (195 hp) at 7600 rpm
power per litre 81 hp/l
maximum torque
valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, two valves per cylinder
fuel feed three Weber 40 DCN F/7 carburettors
ignition single spark plug per cylinder, single coil
lubrication wet sump
clutch single-plate
frame tubular steel
front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
rear suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
brakes discs
transmission 5-speed + reverse
steering rack-and-pinion
fuel tank capacity 65 litres
front tyres 205/70 VR 14
rear tyres 205/70 VR 14
type two-seater spider
length 4235 mm
width 1700 mm
height 1135 mm
wheelbase 2340 mm
front track 1425 mm
rear track 1430 mm
weight 1080 kg (dry)
top speed 235 km/h
acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-400 m
0-1000 m

Ferrari 246 GTS Servicing (Details)