Ferrari Dino 246 GT
Enzo Ferrari’s late son Alfredo, known to his family as “Dino,” inspired the Ferrari of the same name. Groomed and educated to eventually assume the reins of his father’s company, Dino Ferrari was an early proponent of small displacement six-cylinder technology. After earning his engineering degree, he began development of a new V-6 racing engine before his tragic death at the age of 24. To honor his son’s memory, Enzo directed the legendary engineer Vittorio Jano to finish Dino’s work, thus creating a series of very successful engines that ultimately powered various Ferrari Formula 1, 2 and sports-racing cars.
A number of years later, Ferrari built a prototype Dino 206 GT, which was first displayed at the 1965 Paris Salon. This was followed by an updated concept shown at the Turin Motor Show in 1966, which was later put into production in 1968. Powered by the 180 brake horsepower 1,986 cc V-6 engine, it was not only Ferrari’s first mid-engine production car, but it also represented the debut of a new Ferrari-based Dino brand that, in keeping with Enzo’s intention to honor his son, was entirely devoid of Ferrari badging. When the production Dino 206 GT first appeared, numbers were so limited that almost all were sold within Italian borders, with very few escaping to other parts of the world. Regardless of marketing, the car’s Ferrari heritage was clear, and performance became even more exhilarating in 1969. The V-6 was enlarged to 2,418 cc, and the output increased to 195 horsepower in the Dino’s ultimate evolution, the 246 series.
The Dino marked a turning point for Ferrari. It was the only production car that combined the dynamic advantages of a mid-mounted engine without the angular wedge-shape designs that would characterize Ferraris from the mid-’70s well into the ’90s. In either hardtop or open-air configuration, the Dino 246 genuinely delivers the driving sensation only a Ferrari can deliver.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
195 bhp, 2,418 cc DOHC V-6 engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,350 mm.
Source: RM Auctions
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