Description1972 Ferrari 246 Dino GT - The Ferrari that's not a Ferrari. This is the only 6 cylinder road-going production vehicle to be produced by Ferrari. In fact, Enzo Ferrari felt that it was not worthy to carry the Ferrari name since it had such a small engine and so he named it "Dino" after his late-son who helped design the engine. As a result, this vehicle actually has no Ferrari badging on it anywhere. The name 246 is carried over from Ferrari naming methods by referring to the engine size. In this case, it means 2.4 liter 6 cylinder. Over the last decade or so the Dino has truly become a collector's car and highly sought after.
This particular 246 Dino GT Serial No. 4772 is a beautiful example of automotive history and would fit very nicely into anyone's Ferrari collection. This is a European spec car that has gone through a thorough restoration over the last 10 plus years. The current owner purchased the car in 2006. The car's exterior color is now Sky 952 Blu which originally was a Fiat color. Originally the car came with a White exterior over a Nero interior. For the restoration the body was brought down to the metal, the body was completely repainted, the engine was completely rebuilt, the suspension was rebuilt, new leather seat coverings were added and the commonly referred to "mouse hair" dash was replaced as well. A new wire harness and a new clutch were also fitted. It only has 19,143 miles although the speedometer reads 30,807 kilometers that is thought to be original and is ready for its next owner.
The Story of the Dino -
Putting the engine behind the driver was the winning trend in racing in the early 1960s. Ferrari experienced the advantages of the design first hand, winning the 1961 Grand Prix championship with the 156 F1, and, two years later fielding the first mid-engine car to win LeMans, the 250 P. So it was that Sergio Pininfarina and a number of Ferrari dealers began pushing Enzo Ferrari to make a mid-engine road car but he kept insisting it was too dangerous -he felt it was fine for racing and professional drivers, but he was against making mid-engine sports cars for customers. He was afraid of the safety of building a car that was too dangerous. Ferrari finally relented in 1965 Mr. Ferrari finally but went on to say, Okay, you make it not with a Ferrari, but with a Dino, Sergio Pininfarina said. That meant the car would use a six-cylinder engine instead of one of Ferrari's more-powerful V-12s. In his mind, less powerful meant less danger for the customers, Pininfarina explained. And now Mr. Pininfarina had the permission to develop the Dino. The name memorialized Enzo's son, Dino, who had died in 1956.
The 206 Dino GT went into production in 1968. It boasted a top speed over 140 mph, incredibly balanced handling, and design among the postwar eras most beautiful. It was an instant hit with the press and public alike. The Dino 206 GT is a wonderful car ... an engineering masterpiece said America's Sports Car Graphic. England's CAR seconded the opinion, noting the 206GT Dino stands out as one of the most advanced grand touring cars of our time.