Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
First appearing as a production model at the 1967 Turin Auto Show, the Dino 206 was Enzo Ferrari’s tribute to his son and a collaborative effort in which Fiat produced a V-6 motor of Ferrari design. The model was Ferrari’s first to feature a mid-rear engine layout and as such was the groundbreaking progenitor of the popular V-8 line that flourishes to this day. In 1969 engine displacement was increased to 2,418 cubic centimeters, and the resulting higher-horsepower Dino 246 remained in production through early 1974.
The engine was built by Fiat, foreshadowing the growing relationship between Ferrari and the Italian auto giant, and it was also used in the Fiat Dino 206 front-engined coupé and spider. Even with Dino badges and a Fiat-built engine, the 206 GT’s lineage was clearly Ferrari. Its performance became even more exhilarating in 1969, when the V-6 was enlarged to 2,418-cubic centimetres and the power was increased to 195 horsepower in the V-6-powered Dino’s ultimate evolution, the 246 GT.
While Ferraris have always been defined by free-revving high performance engines, the Dino 246 GTs have quick, responsive handling that immediately separates them from earlier front-engined Ferraris and directly led to the present generation of Ferrari road cars. Exceptionally attractive Pininfarina styling, incorporating elements from the Dino sports racers, complements the performance of the road-going Dinos. These attributes have established the 246 GT as one of the most popular Ferraris on the market, both in GT and targa-top GTS form.
Part of the RM Auctions event at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center in August, 2009 and 2011; and in London, October, 2012.
195 bhp, 2,418 cc DOHC V-6 engine, five-speed manual transaxle (rear), unequal length A-arm front and rear suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and front and rear disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.1 in.
Source: RM Auctions
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