1973 Ferrari 246 Dino news, pictures, specifications, and information
The prototype for the 246 appeared in the early part of 1969 with the production version being rolled out only months later. Production continued until 1973. A total of 2,487 246's were produced.

Scaglietti built the vehicle while the Ferrari designed engine was built by Fiat.

The Dino 246 was almost identical to the 206. Just like the 206, it did not wear any Ferrari logos or badges. There were a few aesthetic changes and a larger wheelbase (2.1 inch increase). Under the hood, however, they were differences. The 246 had a more reliable and larger V-6 engine that was capable of almost 200 hp (European version). The American version had a slightly lower horsepower rating.
Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
The prototype for the 246 appeared in the early part of 1969 with the production version being rolled out only months later. Production continued until 1973. A total of 2,487 246's were produced. The 'Dino' name was a tribute to Enzo Ferrari's son.

The Dino 246 is powered by a 2.4-liter (2418cc) 65-degree, dual overhead camshaft V6 engine, with iron block with alloy heads and a 9.0:1 compression ratio. The European motor produced 195 bhp (at 7,600 RPM), and was available as a fixed-top GT coupe or, after 1971, an open spyder GTS. The American version had an exhaust air-pump, and timing changes which created 180 horsepower. The GT had 3 Weber 40 DCNF/6 or 40 DCNF/7 carburetors. The 246 had a top speed of 146 MPH.

The 246 Dino GTS weighed 2426 pounds. The body was made of steel to save cost.
Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
The 246 GTS was the final incarnation of the popular Dino line, which made its debut in 1968. It was Ferrari's first mid-engine production model, and was named for Enzo Ferrari's late son who died in 1956 of muscular dystrophy. Ferrari introduced the 246 GTS at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1972. This car has a 2418cc V6 rated at 195 horsepower coupled with a five-speed transmission. Its most notable feature is a one-piece removable targa top panel.
Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 05800
High bid of $425,000 at 2014 Mecum. (did not sell)
The Dino came not from Enzo Ferrari's head, but from his heart. The Dino was a tribute to the great man's love for his son, Alfredino, who died of kidney disease. The first Dino was introduced at the 1965 Paris Auto show as a concept car along side the debus of the legendary 275 GTB. The overwhelming attention the Dino garnered overshadowed the introduction of 275 GTB and convinced Enzo to produce his tribute and offer it to the public. The 1966 Turin Auto show featured a working prototype of the Dino called the Dino Berlinetta GT. Powered by a transversely mounted mid-engine V-6, it was the beginning of Ferraris's departure from the front engine V-12 to the more agile midship engine design utilized by present generation Ferrari road cars.

With sparkling performance, small girth, and mid-engined layout, it handled like a go-kart, and could be hustled around town wîth enormous aplomb. Beautifully sculpted by Pininfarina, the 246 won worldwide acclaim as the high point of the 1970's automotive styling. In its day, it was among the most fashionable cars money could buy. The rarest Dino is the GTS Targa-roofed 'spyder' which offered the open air experience of a true sports car to Dino buyers.

The engine was designed by Vittorio Jano, and in 2.4 liter form won the 1958 F1 world champion ship, driven by Mike Hawthorne. Phil Hill won the F1 championship in 1961 in a 1.5 liter Dino, Ferrari's first mid-engined car. The performance became even more exhilarating when its engine was upgraded in 1969 to utilize a transversely mounted 2418 cc V-6 that produced an amazing 195 bhp and is backed by a 5-speed gear box. It has four overhead cams, a four-bearing crankshaft and breathes through three twin Weber DCF carburetors. The engines distinctive roar is a Ferrari legend.

The example offered here has spent its entire life in California as listed in the registry. It has been treated to a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration less than 2,000 miles ago. The restoration includes a bare block overhaul of the motor. It's brilliant giallo Fly (yellow) paint is complemented by a set of beautiful Cromodora wheels and the interior is optioned wîth the very desirable Daytona seats, more commonly referred to as 'chairs'. Additionally it comes equipped wîth air conditioning and power windows.

The Dino is an amazing success story for Ferrari, it's popularity has been discussed in many recent publications, and had been described as having 'one of the most beautiful bodies ever to grace an automobile and the shape is the perfect blend of style and performance'.

Source - Russo & Steele
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Designer: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 03712
Sold for $154,000 at 2008 RM Auctions.
The Dino Ferrari is perhaps one of the most famous Ferrari of all times, yet it really is not a Ferrari at all. It was powered by a Fiat V6 engine and did not wear any Ferrari badging. The naming designation followed the Ferrari racing practice of numerically distinguishing displacement and cylinder count. Thus, the 246 was fitted with a 2.4 liter engine that had six cylinders.

This particular Ferrari Dino 246GT is still painted in its original 'Fly' yellow color. It was built for export to the United States and came with its original air conditioning and a five-speed transmission. This car has been the subject of a lengthy restoration process.

In 2008, this vehicle was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics in Monterey' presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $145,000 - $175,000. It was offered without reserve and sold for $154,000.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009
Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 05984
The 246 Dinos were the first Ferraris to receive pressed steel body panels that were pressed at the Pininfarina factory in Turin. Scaglietti assembled the bodies in Modena, before being transported to the Ferrari factory for mechanical assembly. The Dinos rode on alloy rims and rather than the three-pointed central wing nut Cromodoras, 246 GTs featured Campagnolo rims with a circular hub on which the Dino logo was reproduced.

The American market was introduced to the 246 GTS in 1972 which featured a removable targa room and built exclusively for the United States market. Ferrari produced approximately 1,200 units.

Jack May and Rick Cline drove this Ferrari Dino to a world record in the Cannonball Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash getting from New York City to Los Angeles in 35 hours and 53 minutes averaging 83 mph on April 23 - 25, 1975. The event was held to protest the then current federally mandated 55 mph speed limit. The current owner, an SCCA National Champion, has owned and enjoyed the car since it was new. Due to the popularity of its Cannonball history, the car has been displayed extensively. It was displayed at the inaugural Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2016
Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 05820
Sold for $363,000 at 2012 RM Auctions.
Late in the 246 GTS's production run, versions meant for the American market were increasingly equipped with new 7.5-inch wide Campagnolo wheels, which required wider flared fenders to comply with United States safety regulations. Examples of these 246 Dinos that were additionally equipped with Daytona sport seats are generally known as 'Chairs and Flares' cars. An official record of this option combination was not recorded by the factory, though experts believe no more than 250 cars were so optioned worldwide. Approximately 91 of them were sent to the United States.

This 'Chairs and Flares' example is finished in Fly Yellow and is one of the 91 American export cars. The original owner is not known, but by 1978 the Dino was acquired by Larry Foy of San Francisco, California. In 1981, it was purchased by Dr. Larry M. Stilinovic of Yakima, Washington who kept the car for 15 years before offering it for sale in 1996. In August of 1996, it was acquired by Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo, a dealership based in Portland, Oregon. Ron Tonkin embarked on a comprehensive rotisserie restoration that took four years and over $91,000.

After completion in January of 2001, this 246 GTS was displayed in the Tonkin showroom before being acquired in 2002. One more owner cared for the car before bringing it to auction in 2012.

Currently, the car shows just over 33,500 miles. Around 625 of those miles were accrued since its comprehensive restoration. The 2418cc dual overhead cam V-6 offers 190 horsepower and features a five-speed manual transaxle.

In 2012, this car was offered for sale at the Amelia Island auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $250,000 - $325,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for $363,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Designer: Scaglietti
Ferrari sports cars didn't arrive on the scene until 1947, 18 years after Enzo Ferrari founded Scuderia Ferrari - literally 'Ferrari Stable' - to build and field race cars. After WWII, Enzo began building road cars, but even then they were only a concession to keep his beloved, but quite expensive, racing program funded.

The Dino brand name was used from 1968 to 1976 to designate cars with fewer cylinders. The Ferrari name continued - referring to cars with the larger 12-cylinder engines. The Dino name was in 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 nomenclature refers to the 2.4-liter, 6-cylinder engine. This was the first mid-engine Ferrari for street use.

The 246 GT, introduced in 1971, filled a demand for more horsepower over the original 246. This new V6, which Dino gets some credit for designing, had an unusual 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. The car weighs less than 2,400 pounds. The Dino 246GT was Ferrari's first mid-engine road car. Although the design was common in sports car racing, the idea of a mid-engine production car was quite daring.

The body is by Sergio Pinninfarina. It is one of the first Ferraris produced in high numbers and renowned for exceptional handling and drivability.

Only 3,761 were built.

This is an original-owner car bought from the Ron Tonkin Ferrari dealership in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Curis drove the car home to Detroit. A 'bare-metal' restoration was completed in 1991. This is one of the few, if not the only, original-owner Dinos. It has been used often as a resource for Dino restorations.
Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 05984
The Cannonball Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was an automobile race from coast-to-coast across the United States, held from 1971 to 1979. In 1975 this Ferrari Dino 246GTS (chassis number 05984) owned and driven by Jack May, won the race in the record time of 35 hours 53 minutes, an average speed of 83 miles per hour 'Cannonball Jack' and his white Dino hold the transcontinental record in perpetuity.
Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 05724
Sold for $429,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company.
The Ferrari Dino 246 GTS wears a design by Pininfarina and coachwork by Scaglietti. It has been recently restored with FCA Platinum honors to its credit. It was owned either from new or soon after by the late William Barnum of Rye, New York. Mr. Barnum owned the car from at least 1975 and would drive the Dino until the 1980s and then he placed it into storage. It remained in Mr. Barnum's care until 2003, when it was acquired by Randy Simon of Los Angeles, along with a Ferrari 275 GTB. Mr. Simon stored the Dino; and then in 2006, he sold it to the current owner who commissioned a full, concours-level body-off-frame restoration. The work was completed over the next five years, including a repaint in its original Rosso Cordoba Metallizato exterior finish. During the restoration, the four-cam V-6 engine was rebuilt.

The car made its restoration debut at the 2011 edition of Concorso Italiano. It achieved FCA Platinum Class honors at the 2012 FCA Concorso Ferrari held in Pasadena, California.

The car has traveled less than 200 miles since it was restored. Receipts from the work show $400,000 invested.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2014
Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 06158
Sold for $440,000 at 2014 RM Auctions.
Chinetti-Garthwaite Imports, of Paoli, Pennsylvania took delivery of this Dino 246 GTS when new, and it was originally finished in Bianco Polo Park (20-W-152) over a Beige (VM 3128) interior. Bob Pond later acquired the car from The Fine Car Store in 1989. When Pond purchased this car, he also purchased a pair of other Ferraris, a 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi and the 1968 365 GTB/4 Daytona. The car was shipped from Jackson, Mississippi, and its odometer showed 11,217 miles at that time. This car has been part of the Pond Collection since that time, and it currently shows just under 12,400 miles on its odometer.

The car is finished in Ferrari Rossa Corsa over a tan leather interior with black Daytona inserts. It has Cromodora wheels and still retains its correct spare wheel, matching red hardtop, and original jack.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Designer: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 03832
Enzo Ferrari created the Dino brand to honor his late son Alfredino who died at a very early age. The car was positioned as an entry level Ferrari to compete with the Porsche 911. The Pininfarina design has stood the test of time and has emerged as one of the true classic designs of the modern era. The base engine was originally designed and used in Formula 1 and was adapted for use in the road cars.

This vehicle was originally purchased by an Executive at Ford Motor Company. The unique badging was a dealer installed item aimed at identifying and branding the vehicle as a Ferrari.
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Designer: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 06626
Sold for $330,844 (€247,250) at 2013 Bonhams.
Sold for $407,000 at 2015 Bonhams.
In June of 1973, this Ferrari Dino was completed at the Ferrari factory. It left the factory in Rosso Chiaro Ferrari 20-R-190 Red over a Nero 161 Black interior, fitted with Cromodora alloy wheels. It was built as the closed Coupe version in the E production series, and equipped as a left hand drive European example destined for the Belgian market.

This car had been ordered on March 14th of 1973 by Jacques Swaters Garage Francorchamps SA, the famous Belgian Ferrari importer and racing driver of Ecurie Francorchamps fame. Swaters sold the car on July 17, 1973 to the first owner, Mr. Jean Oury, resident of Monceau-sur-Sambre, Belgium. In February of 1989, the Dino was repurchased by Garage Francorchamps' proprietor, Mr. Jacques Swaters, and remained in his collection until 2013.

Currently this Dino wears the factory-correct Red and rides on silver Campagnolo wheels with vintage-style Michelin XWX tires. The odometer shows less than 38,000 kilometers, believed to be the cars actual mileage.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2015
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Designer: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 06626
Sold for $330,844 (€247,250) at 2013 Bonhams.
Sold for $407,000 at 2015 Bonhams.
In Alfredino 'Dino' Ferrari, Enzo saw an heir to his growing Italian stable. Therefore, his death in 1956 would be a tragic blow to 'il Commendatore'. As a result, Enzo would look to honor the memory of his son in really the only way he knew how.

Dino was the son. Therefore, it seemed only fitting a new line of Ferrari automobiles powered by a smaller displacement engines should be badged 'Dinos'. It was the mainstream Ferrari brand meant to offer Ferrari-like performance at a reduced cost.

Like everything at Ferrari during Enzo's life, Dino would be birthed as a result of a need to commercialize the company's Formula 2 engines. The engine was quite capable. Initially a 2.0-liter, four-cam V6, the engine produced around 180bhp and made speeds in excess of 130mph more than possible with the right design.

Pininfarina would offer just that. Aggressive and evocative, light and very aerodynamic, the 206GT was able to reach 142mph. Its mid-engine arrangement and low center of gravity layout made the car extremely nimble and, as a result, capable of keeping up with some more powerful Ferraris.

This performance would come with some trials. The greatest challenge would come in the form of the problematic aluminum body. The answer to this challenge was found to be simple. Instead of aluminum, steel would be used. While this made the issues less, the weight would be more, making the performance factor the new issue. To overcome the weight gain a larger engine would be needed.

In late 1969, a replacement would be introduced in the form of the 246GT. Powered by a 2.4-liter V6, the 246GT was capable of similar performance as a result of its 195bhp at 7,600rpm, this despite the steel body and cast iron cylinder block.

The 246GT would be hailed by those who drove it. The car's handling, responsive steering, braking and feel on the road made it a favorite. The Pininfarina body style took it over the top when it came to appeal. Even to this very day, the Dino 246GT remains an aesthetically-pleasing thing to behold.

This particular chassis, 06626, would be finished at the factory in June of 1973. While a Targa-top model was available, this chassis would be completed as a closed Coupe version. Completed with left-hand drive, the car would be intended for Belgium and one of Enzo's closest friends.

Jacques Swaters had a close relationship with Enzo and his Garage Francorchamps SA would put in the order for the car. Despite heading for Belgium, the car would be finished in Rosso Chiaro Ferrari red with a black interior, not the Belgian yellow that would often adorn cars intended for Belgium.

Not long after taking delivery of the car, Swaters would sell the car to its first owner, Mr. Jean Oury. On July 17th, 1973 the 246GT would depart for Monceau-sur-Sambre, Belgium and Oury's ownership.

Interestingly, in 1989, Jacques Swaters himself would buy the Dino back from Oury to be part of his own personal collection. It would remain as part of the collection until 2013.

Having just two long-term owners since new and one of those being Swaters himself, this particular Dino is an impressive example. Complete with period-style Michelin XWX tires, nearly every aspect of the car presents as original. In addition, to everything else, a complete history file from Ferrari historian Marcel Massini only reflects the chassis' place in Ferrari history.

Offered through Bonhams' 2015 Quail Lodge auction, this ex-Jacques Swaters Dino 246GT would garner a sale price of $407,000, inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Jeremy McMullen
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Designer: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 05846
Sold for $319,000 at 2017 Gooding & Company.
This Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is finished in Nocciola Metallizzato (Light Brown Metallic) over a tan leather interior. It was delivered new in March 1974, by Knauz Continental Autos to Frederick W. Field, a resident of Chicago. It is a well-equipped vehicle with power windows, rare Borletti air-conditioning, Daytona-style seats with black inserts, and cast alloy wheels.

Mr. Field retained the car for a short period of time, and before the year was over this 246 GTS entered the long-term care of Brett Beach of Springfield, Ohio, who would own the car until 2015.

The car has approximately 23,000 miles since new, which is believed accurate. The Scaglietti body was treated to a repaint in its original color about 15 years ago. The interior remains virtually untouched, with the original leather upholstery intact.

By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017
The 206 Dino was built by Enzo Ferrari as a tribute to his son who passed away in 1956 at the age of 24 due to kidney disease. Alfredo Ferrari, more commonly known as Dino, was Enzo Ferrari's only son (Alfredo was also Enzo's brother and fathers' name). Afredo had been trained in Switzerland as an engineer, after which he returned to the family business and received tutoring from his father. It was Enzo's dream to one-day hand over the keys to the company to his son. Sadly, that never transpired.
The 206S first debuted in 1965 at the Paris Salon. The Dino Berlinetta GT Prototype was debuted later in 1966 at the Turin Show and again in 1967 at the same show but this time as a production model. The Dino Berlinetta was Ferrari's first transverse-mounted mid-engine vehicle.

The design was done by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti at the Maranello assembly facility. The body was alloy and the frame was steel.

The Dino 206 did not receive any Ferrari marque. It was void of the signature 'horse' logo, making it never officially a Ferrari. Rather, it was marketed as a separate marque.

The Dino was also built to compete against the Porsche 911. In order to meet the Formula Two racing regulations, over 500 production units had to be made. Ferrari was not capable of producing such numbers. So Ferrari relied on other resources. The engine was supplied by Fiat with half the number of cylinders that Ferrari was accustomed to working with. It was an all-alloy 2-liter, quad-cam, V-6 engine capable of producing between 140 and 180 horsepower. Side vents were located on the car which helped with cooling the engine.

Production continued until the end of 1969.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2006
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