1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

The 'Dino' sports car was named in honor of Enzo Ferrari's late son Alfredino, and inspired by Ferrari's V-6 racing-engine development program of the 1950s and 1960s. The Vittorio Jano-engineered 'Dino' V-6 powered Ferrari to its first Grand Prix Manufacturer's Championship and team driver Mike Hawthorn to the driver's title in 1958.

With the upcoming 1960 Formula 2 season and the 1.5-liter Formula 1 displacement limit announced for 1961, Enzo Ferrari tasked his technical director Carlo Chiti with updating the 'Dino' V-6 engine and placing it in a new car with the engine mounted behind the driver. The resulting 156 'Sharknose' driven by American Phil Hill clinched the 1961 Manufacturer's and Driver's championship for Ferrari and Hill at Monza.

The 'Dino' V-6 design had proven competitive in Formula 2, however revisions to FISA (Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile) Formula 2 rules required a production-based engine and a 500-unit homologation requirement to compete beginning in 1967. Since Ferrari was a low-volume manufacturer and lacked the production capacity to meet this limit, they initially courted Ford (ultimately leading to the infamous 'Ford versus Ferrari' rivalry) before settling with the Italian industrial giant FIAT. FIAT produced the Ferrari-designed 2.0-liter, V-6 engine which powered FIAT's Pininfarina-built Dino Spyder debuting for 1966 and the Bertone-bodied Dino coupe from 1967.

Ferrari's V-6 line of road cars was an evolution of Pininfarina's 'Dino 206 S Speciale,' a styling exercise first shown at the 1965 Paris Salon. At Turin the following year, the 'Dino Berlinetta GT' first appeared, powered by a transverse mid-mounted V-6 engine and clothed with a Pininfarina-designed body built by Scaglietti. The first production Dino, designated 206 GT (denoting 2.0 litres of engine displacement and six cylinders) debuted at Turin in 1967, and was the first mid-engine production car by Ferrari and the start of the new Ferrari-based 'Dino' brand. In total, 150 examples were produced.

The 246 GT arrived in 1969, with the new model officially launched at the November Turin Salon that year, although production had already begun by then. The outward appearance was nearly identical to the prior 206 GT, except that the fuel filler car was now located under a flush-fitting flat on the car's left sail panel. The wheelbase and overall length increased slightly, allowing movement of the rear bulkhead further aft yielding additional interior room. Steel was now used for the main body panels and the engine block, replacing the prior aluminum components.

The enlarged 2,418cc engine resulted in a boost of power by 35 horsepower, giving the 246 GT a 140-plus mph top speed. Zero-to-sixty mph was accomplished in the seven-second range. By the time production ceased in 1974, nearly 2,500 examples were built along three series marked by a number of changes including 'L' for Lungo (Long Wheelbase), 'M' for Modificato (Modified Chassis), and 'E' for Evoluzione.

At the March 1972 Geneva Salon, Ferrari introduced the 246 GTS with its black-finished removable roof panel and the elimination of the 246 GT Berlinetta's rear quarter-windows. Production of the 246 GTS, part of the Series 'E' or Evoluzione run, was built through July 1974 with 1,274 produced. It incorporated all updates applied to the prior 'M' Series, with further modifications to the five-speed gearbox and engine. Detail changes included the relocation of the door locks, wider quarter-bumpers, windshield-wiper parking on left-hand drive cars, chrome-plated rectangular license-plate frame at the rear, and a switch to circular frontal cooling ducts.

The US-market 246 GT appeared near the end of 1971, followed by the 246 GTS with both models equipped with DOT-compliant front-signal and side-marker lamps.

The Dino was not as fast in a straight line as its larger V-12 engined stablemate, however, its small footprint, nimble handling characteristics, and lightweight construction made it a formidable competitor on the twisty circuits. A Ferrari 246 GT did contest the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1972. The highly modified example, based on chassis 02678, was entered by Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.) and piloted by Gilles Doncieux, Pierre Laffeach, and Yves Forestier to a 17th overall and 7th in the Index of Performance.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2020

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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 Ferraris only son (Alfredo was also Enzos 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....
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1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT vehicle information

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In the late 1960's through the 1970's Ferrari produced the Dino series - the 206, 246 and 308. Enzo Ferrari used the name to honor his only son, Alfredo Dino Ferrari, who died in 1956 from muscular dystrophy.....[continue reading]

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT vehicle information

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The Dino, developed by Ferrari and its then-new business partner Fiat, was the first Maranello-built road car to feature a V6 engine mounted in the rear, an idea taken from the Ferrari 206 S and SP prototype race cars. The first Dino, a 2-liter coupe....[continue reading]

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT vehicle information

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The Dino 206 GT, 246Gt and 246 GTS are V6 mid-engine sports cars produced by Ferrari and sold under the Dino marque between 1967 and 1974. The Dino 246 was the first automobile manufactured by Ferrari in high volume.....[continue reading]

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT vehicle information

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This Dino 246 GT is a European L version with knock-off wheels, round side marker lights, radio delete, European gauge package and alloy door skins, engine and truck lids. An 18-month restoration was completed by Bob Smith Coachworks in 2004 after a....[continue reading]

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT vehicle information

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This Verde Germoglio 246 GT is perhaps the only example in the US. There is another example in Europe. This example has been given a nut-and-bolt restoration, with the interior receiving as much attention as the exterior. There is a three-spoke steer....[continue reading]

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 00690

This Ferrari Dino 246 is one of just 357 examples of the Tipo L model. The Tipo L version was a transitional variant that ran between the original Dino 206 and the 246 variations. The older models had handmade craftsmanship featuring lightweight allo....[continue reading]

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 01016

The Ferrari Dino was the first automobile produced by Ferrari in high numbers. It was named in honor of Enzo's son, Alfredino (nicknamed Dino) who died of at the age of 24 while working on the design of the dual overhead camshaft V6 engine that was u....[continue reading]

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT vehicle information

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Unfortunately too often dismissed by purists, the Ferrari Dino is nevertheless one of the prettiest Ferraris. In addition, with its good combination of gear ratios and a center placed V6 engine, the car offered a wonderful driving experience that ma....[continue reading]

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 246GT01158
Engine Num: 135CS

The first Dino production car was the Ferrari Dino 206GT, available from 1967 through 1969. The engine was later revised with a cast-iron cylinder block and an increase in capacity to 2.4-liters, bringing about the Dino 246GT. The new 246GT, introduc....[continue reading]

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1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)1,337
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)1,337
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)1,772
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)850
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)850
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)850
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)706
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)706
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)706
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)700

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