In the late 1960’s through the 1970’s Ferrari produced the Dino series - the 206, 246 and 308, for a total of approximately 7,750 Dinos.
Enzo Ferrari use the name in honour of his only son,Alfredo Dino Ferrari who died in 1956 from muscular dystrophy.
Dino suggested the development of a 1,5 litre V6 engine on his father cars.This engines were quad-cam engines with just 2 valves per cylinder and used flat-plane crankshafts.So the next decade, were used successfully in Grand Prix,Formula 2 and sports prototype machinery.
The V6 had become one of Ferrari’s most successful engines,especially in F1.
At 1965’s Paris Salon the first Dino debuted.With a beautiful Pininfarina body,Dino was an excellent sports car,so some consider this one of the most of Ferrari’s mid-engined automobiles.
Using a longitudinally mid-mounted aluminum 2.0 L V6 engine developing 205bhp at 8800prm the car maximal speed was 235Km/h.
More power was required and the second version,Dino 246 developed 195 hp(at 7,600 rpm) from a 2.4 L engine.It was available as a coupe (gt) from 1970 and as a open spyder(gts) a year latter.
Just over 4 000 of the 206 / 246 were made between 1968-1973 before the introduction of the much less attractive two-plus-two Dino 308 GT4.
The last version, Dino 308 GT4 came in 1975 with a Bertone 2+2 angular body,using a V8 at 90º (180CV/7700rpm)
The Ferrari Dino was the least expensive way to get into the Ferrari experience, but a car with superb handling and a stunningly beautiful shape.
There were no prancing horse emblems to be found anywhere on the car,making Dino a stand alone marque.
The next generation is in the work.