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Italian Barn Find Trio of Rare, Luxury Vehicles Up for Grabs

It’s not everyday that you get to run over a barn filled with rare supercars that have been lying in there without seeing the light of day for decades. So when we heard that three rare, Italian classics that have been stored for nearly 40 years in a Dallas-area storage building are up for grabs, we hurried to bring it to your attention, courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

The vehicles in question are 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 - all set to go under the hammer at the upcoming Monterey Auction this August.

Taken separately, the Dino used 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).

Next we have the '72 Daytona, with 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.

Finally, 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.

According to Mecum, the owner was a friend of Luigi Chinetti, the Italian racer who opened the first Ferrari dealership in the United States following World War II.
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