|Cars - Ferrari|
|Odometer reading||63,000 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 18th May 2011 Car - 18/05/2011 / 1971 Ferrari 246GT Dino / Lot 241
The Dino, named in honour of Enzo Ferrari's son, was a brand for V6 engined Ferrari's and the project that Alfredo 'Dino' Ferrari worked on before he died tragically of muscular dystrophy at just 24 years old. In order to homologate Ferrari's Formula Two entry in 1966, the FIA requested that 500 production cars were produced using the same V6 unit as the race car. The Fiat Dino was born using the two litre V6 Ferrari unit which was later used in the early 206GT versions of the Dino. Ferrari used the mid engined configuration that was working well for them in sports car racing for the new Dino and the prototype 206S was shown at the 1966 Turin show. The car drew a positive response and Ferrari put the car into production, making it the first mid engine production Ferrari. The 206GT was produced between 1968/9 and all cars were made with lefthand drive steering with the two litre quad cam V6 unit that produced 160bhp@8000rpm. The 246GT/S variants superseded the 206 and were produced from 1969-1974. The engines were enlarged to 2418cc V6, dual overhead camshaft, 9.0:1 compression ratio, iron block with alloy heads producing 195bhp at 7,600rpm. The car was offered in closed Berlinetta form or open Spyder coachwork which was very popular in USA and made primarily for that market. The 246 Dino GT weighed 2,380 pounds and the GTS weighed 2,426 pounds using steel bodies in favour of lower production costs over Aluminum. Production numbered 2,487 GTs and 1,274 Spyders', the latter being built from 1972 to 1974 only, for a total production run of 3,761. This righthand drive UK supplied example is finished in Rosso Corsa with Crema leather hide and red carpets. This car has been describe as in excellent condition throughout, having had minor cosmetic restoration in August 2006 and an engine overhaul 14,000 miles ago at 49,000 miles, both backed up by a excellent history file. The car has covered 63,000 miles from new, substantiated by MoT test certificates dating back to 1976. It is widely regarded that the Ferrari Dino one of the best-handling and most gratifying automobiles of the early 1970s; it is certainly one of the most attractive, delicately balanced designs ever produced by the masters at Pininfarina. As a result Dino's have enjoyed a well-deserved recent surge in popularity.