Maybe you have already read the story about the 1974 Dino Ferrari 246 GTS found buried in 1978 in someone’s yard in Los Angeles. So here we have one documentary with the current owner of the Dino.
Whoever buried the car had thrown a few rugs on the top in order to protect the Italian machine. Dennis Carroll, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective dragged the rugs, wiped with his hand a smear of dirt from the windshield and peered through. There aren’t bodies.
A sweep of the trunk and the interior turned up no contraband or drugs either, but a run of the plates proved what his gut told him. The 1974 Dino Ferrari 246 GTS, the dug-up sports car, was on the LAPD’s stolen list.
Here follows the lady reporter that comes from the LA Times. The reporter wanted to know how the department of the Sheriff knew that the Dino was down there. Carroll and Sgt. Joe Sabas, his partner, crusty veterans of the burglary and narcotics beats had the answer. Some kids were playing in the dirt and found it. Something like that.
Yes, sure. It is always better to make up a story than to compromise a good snitch. You can’t know who knows what about whom there, and now – regarding the sports car that comes from a backyard hole – they knew Jack squat. After that the snitch adds a twist of lime – an insurance trickery.
The snitch says that the owner of the Dino had hired some guys to make it disappear. Their plan was to snatch it up on that night on December 7, while the owner of the car was at the Brown Derby on Wilshire with his wife sipping martinis.
Then the owner of the Dino would feed the cops a fanciful tale. The Dino had been a gift for his wife.
The cops had a joke after sending the owner on his way – Poor bastard won’t be getting laid tonight – they write it up like a “righteous theft”. Rosendo Cruz of Alhambra, California.
Then the hired men should chop up the car, fence the components, and sink the rest somewhere off the coast. So, Cruz would cop the check from the Farmers Insurance. But the plan didn’t work out like that.
The hired men clipped the car off Wilshire, but they fell really hard for the Italian machine. This story reminds of the Huntsman and Snow White – they couldn’t land the dagger.
So, they only torched out the rear badge for some reason, buried the car in some yard in West Athens (someone says it was in an old mechanic’s pit). The man got his check, but they never came back for her. At least almost 35 years ago, according to the snitch.
The current owner of the 1974 Dino 246 GTS is Brad Howard. His story comes after the Farmers Insurances sold the car to AraManoogian, a Los Angeles businessman. When Howard heard about the car he made him an offer, and in the following video you the see the revival of the Dino and the post-restoration life.
The video is on the next page.