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The Dino was the only Ferrari ever built with the intention of being a sub-brand, and were originally badged only with a Dino emblem. They were a model that was disruptive to Ferrari's traditional road car output and an unconventional vehicle in Ferrari's rich history of production cars.
Ferrari's had a history of frontally located V-12 berlinettas and touring spiders. The Dino, however, was a thoroughly modern vehicle with a V-6 engine that was transversely mounted behind the driver. Although Ferrari had pioneered this approach with the 206 S and 206 SP prototype racecars of the early 1960s, it had never before been offered on a production car from Maranello.
Another break from tradition was the numbering system for both the Dino's chassis and motors. The model's numeric vocabulary also broke with the Ferrari model-naming tradition. Historically, Ferrari vehicles were named for the cubic-centimeter displacement of a single cylinder. The Dino's 206 actually represented a 2.0-liter engine in six-cylinder form. This style of terminology would notably continue on all mid- and rear-engine Ferraris of the 1980s and early '90s.
The Dino, which had been designed by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina, would evolve in both size and weight from 1969 to 1974. The 2.0-liter engine received an increase in displacement to 2.4-liters, and then, eventually, the hand-formed aluminum alloy–paneled bodies of the 206 were replaced with steel. An open-cockpit spider version was later added to accompany the berlinetta, called the 246 GTS.
152 examples of the Dino 206 GT were built during 1968 and 1969, in left hand drive only. This particular example is the 140th example of the 152 (as many as 153) produced. Along with an all-alloy body, the 206 GT had distinctive features such as a wood-rimmed steering wheel, chrome-plated locking fuel-filler cap, narrow exhaust tips, and knock-off Cromodora wheels.
This car was completed by the factory in February of 1969, and was finished in Rosso Chiaro and trimmed with long-grain Skai upholstery. Originally sold into Italian ownership and is believed to have remained in Italy through the early 1970s, when it was imported to Northern California.
It was in the care of George Goodrich of San Francisco before selling it to Akira Stevan Patrick, of Woodside, California, around 1979. Early in his ownership, Mr. Patrick commissioned an exterior refinish in Rosso Dino and had the transaxle and engine rebuilt. After the work was completed, the car saw little use. After 35 years of ownership, Mr. Patrick sold the car in 2013 to Gullwing Motor Cars. In March of 2014, it was acquired by its current caretaker.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