1972 Ferrari 246 Dino

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.


Vehicle Profiles

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Scaglietti

The Dino story began with a Dino Berlinetta Speciale concept car designed by Aldo Brovarone at Pininfarina. It debuted at the 1965 Paris Auto Show with a longitudinally mounted V-6.....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

GTS Spyder
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 03128

The Dino 206S was introduced at the 1965 Paris Auto Show. It was named in honor of Enzo Ferrari's son Alfredino. Alfredino had earned an engineering degree; upon completion, he began work on developing a new V6 race engine for Ferrari. Sadly, his ....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 03656

In 1969 the V6 engine was enlarged to 2418cc and the output was increased to 195 brake horsepower. There were nearly 3,800 examples of the 246 Dinos in the years spanning 1969 to 1974. 2,476 of these were GT coupe versions.....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

GTS Spyder
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 04370

The 246 GT began in 1969 after the 206. The 246 had a larger engine with cast-iron block and produced 195 bhp. Even though the engine was larger, so was the weight of the vehice.....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

GTS Spyder
Designer: Scaglietti

The Ferrari heritage traces its roots to the pre-war WWII period when Enzo Ferrari ran Scuderia Ferrari in 1929 as an Alfa Romeo racing team, before becoming independent in 1939. In 1947 Ferrari started building their own cars. Scuderia Ferrari is th....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Scaglietti

Enzo Ferrari named his first mid-engine road car, the Dino, after his son, Alfredino, who had died tragically in 1965. He was just 24 at the time and had completed an education in engineering. The first Dinos were created in 1967. They carried a 2.0 ....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

GTS Spyder
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 04268
Engine Num: 0010130

At the age of 24, Enzo Ferrari's son, Alfredo 'Dino' Ferrari (a trained engineer), passed away tragically, just as he was making a case for performance-oriented six-cylinder engines for the company's racing efforts. Just before his tragic demise, Din....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 03978

This Ferrari Dino 246 GT was delivered new to Motor S.a.S. Roma, the official Ferrari dealer in Rome. It was optioned without air-conditioning, and finished in Azzurro Dino paint over a Nero interior, with Cromodora wheels.....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 04970

This Ferrari Dino 246 GT, chassis number 04970, is a one-owner example that was built in November of 1972 and was specified as a US example equipped with power windows and air conditioning. This Dino was factory fitted with fender flares and Daytona ....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Scaglietti

Ferrari sports cars didn't arrive on the scene until 1947. 18 years after Enzo Ferrari founded Scuderia Ferrari to build and field race cars. After WW II. Enzo began building road cars but even then, only as a concession to keep his beloved, but expe....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

GTS Spyder
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 03998

Ferrari's first brochure for the Dino described the car as 'almost a Ferrari.' The original intent was for Dino to be its own brand, used on Ferrari-built cars with engines of less than 12 cylinders. The first production Dino to wear the badge was de....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 04892
Engine Num: 0010721

Between 1968 and 1969, just 153 examples of the 206 Dino were produced. The 246 GT and open-top GTS variants soon followed, being powered by a 2.4-liter V6 engine rather than a 2-liter engine. Most 206 Dinos remained within Italy. This E-Series 246 G....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 03326

This three-owner 1972 Dino 246 GT is a totally original, documented United States example with approximately 11,500 miles since new. The car was purchased new at Griswold Co. Ferrari in Berkley, California by Dr. Norman Jensen, DDS, on August, 30 197....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 04494

This Ferrari Dino 246GTS is finished in the rare color of Medio Verde Metallizzato (Medium Green Metallic.) Inside is its original tan leather and 'mouse hair' dash with air-conditioning and power windows. Power is from a 2418cc mid-mounted DO....[continue reading]

1972 Ferrari 246 Dino vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Scaglietti

Chassis Num: 03496

The Dino 206 GT made its debut at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. It was powered by an all-aluminum, 2-liter, four-cam V6 engine mounted transversely behind the passenger compartment, and power was sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed transaxle. It....[continue reading]

Coupe
 
GTS Spyder
Chassis #: 03128 
Coupe
Chassis #: 03656 
GTS Spyder
Chassis #: 04370 
GTS Spyder
 
Coupe
 
GTS Spyder
Chassis #: 04268 
Coupe
Chassis #: 03978 
Coupe
Chassis #: 04970 
Coupe
 
GTS Spyder
Chassis #: 03998 
Coupe
Chassis #: 04892 
Coupe
Chassis #: 03326 
Coupe
Chassis #: 04494 
Coupe
Chassis #: 03496 

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 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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