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1974 Ferrari 246 Dino

The introduction of a 'junior' Ferrari was birthed from the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2 regulations. The resulting Dino 206 GT made its debut in 1967 at the Turin Motor Show. It was the latest in a line of Dino V6 'quad cam' engines that dated back to the late 1950s, and it would be equally successful in the showroom as it had been on the racetrack. Among the accolades, Derek Bell and Ernesto Brambilla both won races in the European Championship, while Andrea de Adamich triumphed in the 1968 Argentine Temporada series.

Using the Dino 206 S sports-racer of 1966 as a starting point, Ferrari used the mid-engine layout for the road car but installed the power unit transversely rather than longitudinally. The styling was courtesy of Pininfarina with the coupe bodies constructed from aluminum. The 2.0-liter, four-cam V6 engine was backed in-unit by a five-speed transaxle. The lightweight, aerodynamic vehicle with 180 brake horsepower was capable of achieving top speeds of 142 mph.

The car was called the Dino, named after Enzo Ferrari's late son Alfredino Ferrari. They were intended as the first of a separate but related marque but were ultimately part of the Ferrari lineup. The car had exceptional performance but its high cost enforced by its aluminum construction hindered sales.

In late 1969, a 2.4-liter version on a long wheelbase - the 246 GT - replaced the original Dino 206. The body was now steel and built by Scaglietti. Cast-iron was used for the cylinder block rather than aluminum, but the engine's increased power of 195 bhp at 7,600 rpm adequately compensated for the weight gain. In 1972, a Targa-top version, known as the 246 GTS, was introduced.

The Dino 246 was built in three series: 'L', 'M', and 'E', these designations reflecting detailed changes in the specification. The 'M' series is the rarest and was produced during the early months of 1971 only. Changes from the preceding 'L' series had included a 30mm increase in rear track; five-bolt fixing for the road wheels; internal boot release; seat-mounted headrests; and various minor improvements to the engine and gearbox. The final 'E' series featured all the developments incorporated into its predecessors plus further modifications to the engine and gearbox, and numerous other more minor changes.

Ferrari Dino 246 production reached 2,295 GTs and 1,274 GTSs, totaling 3,569 examples.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019

Related Reading : Ferrari Dino History

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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1974 Vehicle Profiles

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07968

This 246 GTS is a late American-spec Dino that was originally finished in Dino Blu paint and dispatched for the United States in late 1974. Arriving at Midway International Garage, an authorized Ferrari dealer in San Diego, the car was sold new on Ap....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07724

The Ferrari Dino 246 GTS featured a removable Targa roof that was designed to appeal to the American market. Scaglietti built just 1,180 examples of this open air sports car. They have a high-revving V-6 engine with a five-speed transmission, disc br....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 06442

This is a highly optioned US-spec car that was completed in late 1973. It was originally finished in Rosso Chiaro over black Connolly leather and equipped with Borletti air-conditioning and electric windows. It is a rare 'Chairs and Flares' model, so....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 08500

This Bianco Polo Dino with Rosso interior is matching numbers and has known history from new. It was sold new to Gary Yelvington, of Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1974. It was sold in 1983 having just 9,000 original miles. Currently, the odometer shows ....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 08286

Alfredino Ferrari, also known as 'Dino', was destined to be the future head of the company. Enzo was racing for Alfa Romeo at the time of Alfredino's birth, but he formally backed out to guarantee that Alfredino would not lose his father to a racing-....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07800

The Ferrari 246GT received little visual development through its full six year production run although there are three series classifications. Series L (1969 through 1970); series M (early 1971); and Series E (mid-1971 through the end of production i....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 08280

The Dino 206GT was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. Its development was initiated due to the need for a Formula 2 power plant for Ferrari's racing program. The design was compact, with a mid-engine placement, and an aluminum coupe body des....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07794
Engine Num: 11856
Gearbox Num: 2959

This Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is a late E-Series example that was originally delivered new to the United States, allegedly to Chris Martin, of Martin Guitar in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The early history is largely unknown; by the early 1990s it was owned ....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07906

This Ferrari Dino 246 GTS was completed at the factory on March 26 of 1974. It is a late production Tipo E Dino that left the factory finished in Argento Auteuil Metallizzato (106-E-1) with Nuvola leather upholstery. It was destined for the United St....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07798

This Ferrari Dino 246 GTS by Scaglietti is well equipped with air conditioning, electric windows, and Cromadora wheels. It is one of just 72 ordered in this color of Nocciola Metallizzato. Ferrari's official North American distributor, Luigi Chinetti....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 08056

This Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is a late-production Type E Dino. It left the factory finished in Rosso Dino over a Sabbia (tan) interior, and equipped with power windows, Daytona seats, Cromodora wheels, and air-conditioning. It was completed at Modena in....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 08512

This Ferrari 246 GTS is a factory-built 'Chairs and Flares' model, so-called for its Daytona seats, dramatically-flared wheel arches, and wide Campagnolo cast alloy wheels. In total, fewer than 300 Dinos were ever equipped with both chairs and flares....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07792

The mid-engine Dino 246 wears coachwork by Pininfarina. The addition of the GTS Spider model provided the added option of open-top motoring. This example is finished in black over red and is one of just 50 examples that were finished in this exterior....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 246GTS07824

The mid-engine layout found in the Dino was a first for Ferrari road cars. Designed by the legendary Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina and featuring the new V-6 engine, the Dino ushered Ferrari into world-class manufacturing. At the 1972 Geneva Auto....[continue reading]

1974 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Targa Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07658

This Ferrari Dino 246 GT Spider was completed on January 9th of 1974 which means it was one of the very last to have been sold. It left the factory finished in Rosso Bordeaux colorway, with a black 'skai'/vinyl interior. It was delivered through Ital....[continue reading]

Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 07968 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 07724 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 06442 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 08500 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 08286 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 07800 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 08280 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 07794 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 07906 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 07798 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 08056 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 08512 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 07792 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 246GTS07824 
Targa Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 07658 


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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ferrari
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)2,308
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)1,939
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)1,427
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,427
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)

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