Ferrari Dino 246 GT
The Dino continued to receive massive recognition after it's introduction at the 1965 Paris Auto Show as a concept car along side the debut of the legendary 275 GTB and production of the Ferrari Dino was put into action. The Dino name was in loving honor of Enzo Ferrari's only legitimate son, Alfredo 'Dino' Ferrari, who died of muscular dystrophy at age 24 just before the car went into production.
The 246 Dino received a first time architectural design change, this line of Ferrari was built with pressed steel body panels that were pressed at the Pininfarina factory in Turin. Scaglietti then assembled the bodies in Modena, before transportation to the Ferrari factory for mechanical assembly. The Ferrari 246 Dino GT rode on alloy rims and were prominently featured with Campagnolo rims with a circular hub on which the Dino logo was reproduced, replacing the three-pointed central wing nut Cromodoras.
The Dino brand name was used from 1968 to 1976 categorizing the designation to the Ferrari cars with fewer cylinders, while the Ferrari name expanded and was also very well known for their cars with the larger 12-cylinder engines. The 246 terminology refers to the 2.4-liter, 6-cylinder engine. This was the first mid-engine Ferrari designed and created for street use, not for the race track.
The 246 GT was introduced in 1971 and satisfied the longing hunger for the sought after craving of a higher amount of horsepower over the original 246. This new V6, that was launched off of the Dino design, had a unique 65-degree angle between cylinder banks, dual-overhead-cam, with a 9.0:1 compression ratio, iron block and alloy heads making nearly 200 horsepower and weighs less than 2,400 pounds.
The fact that to the naked eye it is practically inconceivable to notice the difference between Ferrari Dino 246 GT and the 206 is a tribute to Pininfarina and his men, because there was a substantial variance, the cars had different wheelbases. To increase the size of the cabin, wheelbase was increased to 92.1 inches (2340mm) from 89.7 (2280mm). Coachwork was more durable with steel put in place of the 206’s aluminum. The V-6 jumped to 2.4-liters, which is where the name 246 was derived from, and it's horsepower increased by 15 to 195.
More cabin room from the longer wheelbase and the extended horsepower created from the more powerful engine was the icing on the cake! The Ferrari Dino 246 was in a league of it's own with the reputation of excellence in every aspect of the car. Looks, style, sound, power and comfort, this car had it all!
Small changes created the birthing of three 246 GT series: type L, type M, and type E. The 246’s largest change was presented at the March 1972 Geneva Auto Show, introducing the 246 GTS, which featured a sleek, one-piece removable targa top panel.
By the time the 6 year assembly span of the Ferrari Dino 246 GT and GTS ended in 1974, production, including the 206 GT, totaled nearly 4,000, being the best selling series of it's time.