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
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 [Read More...]
Enzo Ferrari's son Dino died of an illness in 1956, and in his honor the Dino was born. A prototype was first shown in Paris in 1965 as a dream car, largely in response to Lamborghini's sensational mid-engine Miura. The Pininfarina-designed productio [Read More...]
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.
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 [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009
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 [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2016
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 2 [Read More...]
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 con [Read More...]
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 [Read More...]
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. Barn [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2014
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 [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014
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 o [Read More...]
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 t [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2015
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. [Read More...]By Jeremy McMullen
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 vehi [Read More...] 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