Cover 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS for auction (photo: courtesy)

The 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS ranks among the rarest vehicles from the Italian car manufacturer.

Collectors and enthusiasts will now have the chance to own a rare piece of Ferrari history. The 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is going under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris this month.

The sports car was named in honour of Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari’s late son, Alredino, who had designed a dual-overhead-camshaft V-6 engine for both road and racing before passing away. The Dino was introduced as an upsized open-air counterpart to its coupe beginning in 1971; the reinforcements were necessary as the open roof added up to just a 20-kilogram increase in kerb weight, which helped maintain the car’s exceptional handling.

According to Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this particular Dino accumulated nearly 48,000 miles by American importer Ron Tonkin on California’s winding roads before being relocated to Japan in March of 1995, where it stayed for over twenty years before making its way back to California, Switzerland, and eventually to the auction block in Paris.

“Boasting a fascinating history on three continents, this Dino would surely be a thrill to drive and enjoy,” Sotheby’s said in a release.

The car has managed to retain unique American-market extended bumpers and original gearbox. However, the yellow shell has been refinished in a striking Nero Black colour with a matching blacked out interior. The original engine has also been replaced with an updated modern engine of the correct type and was fitted with European-style turn indicators.

The 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is now up for auction on RM Sotheby’s website and is expected to fetch up to US$463,586.