The need for a production-based engine for Formula 2 led to the introduction of a “junior” Ferrari — the Dino 206 GT — at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. Building on experience gained with its Dino 206S sports racer, Ferrari retained the racer’s mid-engined layout for the road car but installed the power unit transversely rather than longitudinally.
A compact, aluminum-bodied coupe of striking appearance, the Pininfarina-styled Dino — named after Enzo Ferrari’s late son Alfredino Ferrari — was powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cam V6 with an in-unit 5-speed transaxle. The engine’s 180 horsepower propelled the lightweight, aerodynamically efficient Dino to 142 mph. While there were few complaints about the car’s performance, the high cost enforced by its aluminum construction hindered sales.
The 2.4-liter 246 GT replaced the Dino 206 in late 1969. The body was now steel and the cylinder block cast-iron, but the 195 horsepower compensated for the weight gain. The Targa-top 246 GTS followed in 1972. While not as fast as its V12-engined stablemates, the nimble Dino was capable of keeping up with almost anything over twisty going.
As the first series-produced, mid-engined Ferraris, the early Dino V6s are landmark cars. The line they founded would prove to be an immense commercial success for Maranello, with production amounting to 2,487 GT coupes and 1,274 GTS Spyders by the time the model ended production in 1974.
This example has only had two previous keepers. In 2002 it was SORNed, taken off the road, and the chassis, bodywork, paintwork, interior and electrics have all been restored. The engine has benefited from a considerable sum spent on it during the 1980s. Relatively few miles have been covered since. The current odometer reading is only 36,909. Refinished in its original Azzurro (blue) with black vinyl interior, this is a well-cared-for, low-mileage Dino.