When the age of mid-engine performance cars started in mid-1960s (basically because switch in motorsport from fron-engined cars to mid-engined), even Ferrari reacted. Ferrari's competitors were quickly switching to mid-engine machines, the most popular yet being the Lamborghini Miura with its mid-mounted V12. Designer Sergio Pininfarina showed Enzo sketches he had made of a small, swoopy, mid-engine sports car that he felt Enzo should build. As the story goes, Enzo relented and agreed to build the car, but only if it had a relatively small, less-powerful engine so his clients couldn't get into too much trouble with not so familiar concept of power train.
Enzo chose V6 engine, designed by Vittorio Jano. This choice of engine for the Dino road cars was again a motorsports decision-Ferrari needed to mass produce a 2.0-liter engine for homologation in the Formula 2 series. Lacking the facility to build so many engines, Ferrari called on Fiat to cast and assemble the 2.0-liter V-6 in a partnership that saw Fiat able to produce its own run of front-engine Fiat Dino road cars.
Dino was something like sub-brand for Ferrari, meaning that there were no Ferrari badges around the car. First Dino 206 GT was born in 1968 a had mid-mounted 2,0-liter, all-aluminium V6 and the most of bodywork made of aluminium. Only 152 Dino 206 GT models were built before Ferrari decided to enlarge the engine to 2,4-liter.
First 246 GT were build for 1970 model year. Manual 5-speed gearbox remained the same, but there were many changes on cars – notably the most parts of bodywork were made out of steel, not aluminium. The wheelbase was also lengthened (for more stable handling). During 1972, Ferrari introduced GTS version with targa-style removable roof panel.
Dino was built under partnership between Ferrari and Fiat from 1968 to 1974, but all cars were hand assembled in Modena, in Ferrari workshops. In total, there were 152 Dino 206 GT (two RHD). During 1969 to 1974, total of 2487 pieces of Dino 246 GT (of which 488 were RHD) and from 1971 to 1974, there were 1274 models of Dino 246 GTS (235 RHD). Dino was a success, because until that time, Ferrari did not build that much cars from one model line.
If you want to buy one, please remember that the days when Dino was considered an "inferior" Ferrari (after all, period advertising described Dino as "almost" Ferrari) are long gone. Today it is a very popular classic with Ferrari DNA, and while in the US there is more interest in Targa (GTS) models, in Europe you often pay more money for a closed coupe (GT).
The V6 engines do not have that much problems, they are fairly robust, and service is cheaper than in case of V12 models. But bodywork can show some issues – it is fragile and rust-prone. The cost of restoring a decrepit Ferrari Dino today will vastly eclipse the price of a car already in excellent condition. So, to buy renovated car is definitely good choice.
There were three series of 246, referred as L, M and E. This car from M series, produced in early 1971. It can be distinguished by five-bolt road wheels, and internal rear boot lid release catch, and seat-mounted headrests.
This Dino 246 GT coming in classic combination of Rosso Chiaro on exterior in combination with beige leather interior was made in 1971. Its VIN code 02334 says, that it was first registered in Italy, from where it moved to San Diego in California. It left California (sold by Motors of La Jolla) in 1989 and then moved to Great Britain. There was made a huge, complex renovation in 2016 in well established specialised company Moto Technique Ltd. (whole process is documented by invoices, bills etc.). The cost of restoration (including retriming of interior) was worth about £91.000. We can mention, it is a lovely Dino in good all-round condition and it is said to drive superbly.
In 2017, the car was bought by Czech collector at an auction and moved to the heart of Europe. It still has British registration, but can be registered to regular or historic plates. Dino is in good hands, runs well, have no problems at all. Fast car with a potential: a good investment and lot of fun.
|First registration date||01/1972|
|Engine||2.418 ccm, 195 PS V6|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Rosso Chiaro|
|Color - interior||Beige leather|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||11.372 kms|
|Chassis / VIN||02334|
|Location - Country||Czech Rep.|
|Location - City||Hradec Kralove|
2-door coupé body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 5-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 2418 cm3; advertised power: 143,5 kW / 192 hp / 195 PS; torque: 226 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4210 mm, width: 1700 mm, height: 1150 mm wheelbase: 2340 mm; base curb weight: 1080 kg; top speed: 235 km/h (declared by factory); acceleration 0-100 km/h: 5,8 s