The Ferrari Dino 246 GT is one of the most iconic cars ever designed.
Achingly beautiful, the Ferrari Dino 246 GT continues to enrich the motoring world over 50 years after its initial introduction. This example is the perfect blend of infectious looks and formidable style.
It encapsulates everything mystical about Italian sports cars. The flair, the class, the speed. You can’t help but stare: when one drives past, gurgling its distinctive guttural V6 grumble, it leaves you in a daydream of wonder. It loses you and then it is gone.
The Ferrari Dino 246 GT first saw light at the 1965 Paris Motor Show as a prototype. It would start as a 206 GT before its transformation into the 246. After decades of being under-appreciated and somewhat undervalued, it would cement itself as a cult classic among GT cars.
The Dino brand honors the name of Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo ‘Dino’ Ferrari, who died so tragically young from a muscle-wasting disease.
Enzo idolized Dino and had big plans for his son at Ferrari’s Maranello factory, before Dino’s life was sadly cut short aged just 24. Dino, however, would certainly leave his mark.
The Ferrari Dino 246 GT features the six-cylinder engine Dino was designing prior to his death. It was the marque’s first production car to house a V6 engine, deviating from its usual V12 moniker.
The Attainable Ferrari Dino 246 GT
The 246 GT was a cheaper, more attainable sports car built with aspirations of dethroning Porsche on the sales charts.
However, Ferrari’s uncertainty as to whether a cheaper car would diminish its lucrative brand kept the 246 GT from showcasing its famous Prancing Horse badge. Instead, it would carry Dino’s badge.
That is perhaps the reason why this wonderful machine would spend much of its early existence undervalued. People yearned for the Ferrari badge: to them, the Ferrari Dino 246 GT was not a traditional Ferrari.
Perceptions would change over time. Fifty years later and the Ferrari Dino 246 GT is now deeply coveted by collectors. An encapsulating piece of art worthy of gracing any museum. Well ahead of its time, the 246 GT influenced sports car culture and inspired generations of flamboyant supercars.
Between 1967 and 1969, Ferrari produced 150 Dino 206 GTs before the model evolved into the 246 GT. While both examples are relatively identical in looks, there are fundamental differences. The 246 GT is taller with a longer wheelbase and its body is made from steel rather than alloy.
The Ferrari 246 GT has a slight bigger engine than the 206 – 2.4 litres compared to 2.0 – while a cast-iron engine block was used instead of aluminium. The 246 GT was launched at the Turin Motor Show in 1969 and would be made in far greater numbers than its predecessor.
From 1969 to 1974, Ferrari made 3,761 Dino 246 GT models across three series as well as the Targa-roof 246 GTS.
Dino 246 GT: A Commercial Success
With its Fioravanti-Pininfarina design and Scaglietti-built brilliance, the Dino 246 GT was a huge commercial success. It became a pioneer of affordable luxury yet still encompassed all the hallmarks of a high-performance sports car.
Its mid-mounted V6 engine produced 195 bhp at 7600 rpm and was mated to a five-speed transmission. Fitted with three Weber 40 DCN F/7 carburettors, the Ferrari Dino 246 GT made a simply astonishing noise and reached a top speed around 235 km/h.
Designs differed slightly depending where the model was marketed and, as production moved into the early 1970s, Ferrari began to utilize certain options on the 246 GT. Most notably, for the U.S. market, wider Campagnola wheels were offered with iconic flared wheel arches. This unique design trait coupled with intricate Daytona-patterned seats became affectionately known as the ‘Chairs and Flares’ option.
So imagine the view from the driver’s seat: those glorious wheel arches eating mile-upon-mile of asphalt on lonesome country roads to the sound of a purring V6. The Ferrari Dino 246 GT became dream worthy, a poster pin-up adorning bedroom walls around the world.
Farewell To A Legend
When Ferrari ceased producing the Dino 246 GT in the mid 1970s, demand for the car remained high. It didn’t go unnoticed. As the Italian giants began to move away from the salubrious curves of the 246 GT, certain design aspects were used on its successor - the wedge-profiled, more angular Ferrari 308 – to keep appreciators happy.
A doff of the cap, a nod of appreciation and a fitting farewell to a GT legend.
You can own a remarkable, ground-breaker today – this gorgeous 1972 Ferrari 246 GT in stunning giallo fly yellow is now available on the Racing Edge Paddock.