The Ferrari Dino was introduced in 1966 at the Geneva Motor Show. In order to homologate the V6 engine, which was originally designed and built for racing, Ferrari had to put at least 500 road vehicles into production. In cooperation with Fiat, therefore, a small series of the sports car type Dino 206S was build. The name „Dino“ comes from Enzo Ferrari in memory of his son, who died young. The Spider version was built from 1971 on. The production number was only 1274 copies, which makes the car a rare classic sports car today.
With its 2.4-liter engine and 2418 cc, the Ferrari Dino reaches a top speed of 240 km / h and accelerates to 100 in 6.8 seconds. With this series of small sports cars, the 206 and the 246, the Dino’s, Ferrari set new trends. They were cheaper than the previous Ferraris and could compete with Porsche and similar competitors.
The Spider was heavier than the Ferrari Dino Coupe. The reason for this was the increased stiffeners and the used all-steel body, which was built on a tubular frame. Soft curved lines line the side of the 246 model.
All wheels are suspended individually, giving the Dino its sporty road holding. Especially in curves the sports car shows its outstanding technology. In the front: double wishbones with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bars.
In the rear acts the V6 engine of the Ferrari 246 GT. This 2.4-liter engine with a 12-valve cylinder head and a maximum output of 195 hp reaches the 100 km / h mark and a top speed of 248 km / h from standstill in 6.8 seconds. The engine is just like the Ferrari 246GT versions, the engine is not installed longitudinal, but across the rear axle. With this mid-engine the street athlete gains stability.
The mid-engine is installed transversely as in racing. The car had a cast iron engine block, instead of the aluminum block.
Even in the interior, the sporting origins are undeniable. Low-lying bucket seats and a handy steering wheel underline the feeling of speed. Fresh air is available via the removable Targa roof.
Due to the great popularity of the GT Spider models, the market is virtually empty and therefore it is difficult to find one of these coveted classic cars. A well-preserved copy is currently traded at several hundred-thousand euros.