Mecum brings exotics barn find trio to Monterey

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MARENGO, Ill. – Mecum Auctions announces three super low-mileage Italian classics will be offered at their third annual Monterey Auction Aug. 18-20: a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS with 2,910 miles; a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona with 9,752 miles; and a 1977 Maserati Bora Coupe with just 978 miles.

Stored for nearly 40 years in a Dallas-area storage building, these vehicles were a rare find under layers of Texas dust.

The ’72 Daytona, generally regarded as one of Ferrari’s all-time best GT cars, boasts a GT Berlinetta with a four cam (twin overhead cam) V12. The Daytona has a traditional front engine, rear wheel drive layout, an independent suspension front and rear, and a 5-speed manual gearbox mounted in the rear to improve weight distribution. The 4.4L V12 Ferrari engine, topped by six Weber carburetors, produces 347 HP – enough to propel the two-passenger Daytona from 0-60 MPH in 5.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 174 mph.

Ferrari created the Dino to produce a higher production, less expensive sports car featuring a V6 engine. The Dino first utilized Ferrari’s system of coding the engine type and displacement into the model number; Thus, the Dino 246GT decodes as a 2.4L, 6-cylinder GT (Gran Turismo).

The Bora 4.9 was Maserati’s mid-engine super car, introduced in 1974 and continued in limited numbers (275) through 1978. A closed coupe, the car features a wedge shape styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro, famous for the critically acclaimed Maserati Ghibli and the stunning Iso Grifo. The 275 horsepower 4.9L V8 gives the Bora the ability to hit a top speed of 177 MPH.

Serving as the only daytime auction on the peninsula, Mecum’s Monterey Auction will feature 750 vehicles representing all makes and models crossing the auction block. The auction – which is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with free admission and convenient general parking – takes place Aug. 18-20, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course.

Attendees can be part of the action while the auction broadcasts live on Mecum’s national TV show “Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars & More” on Discovery Communications’ HD Theater. For complete auction details, visit www.Mecum.com or call 815.568.8888.

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