Revealed in 1968, the Dino 206 GT saw its first evolution in 1969 in the version of Dino 246 GT. The new model came with a larger V6 engine and a wheelbase lengthened by 60 mm. During 1969 and 1974 Ferrari produced 2,487 units, with a price at the moment of $14,000.
The new Dino was a tribute to Enzo’s son Alfredo Ferrari, more commonly known as Dino, who died in 1956 from muscular dystrophy. The Dino 246 GT made its official debut at the Turin Show in November 1969, although the production run had already commenced. Like most of the Ferrari models it was designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti at the Maranello assembly facility.
During the production period of the 246 GT from 1969 to 1974, there were no major changes to any features, although various smaller items and details did change, leading to the three series of cars referred to as "L", "M" and "E". The 246’s biggest change came with the March 1972 Geneva Auto Show introduction of the 246 GTS, which featured a one-piece removable targa top panel.
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The "L" series models were produced in late 1969 and through 1970. They have road wheels with a single knock-off spinner, front quarter bumpers into the grille opening, rear license plate lights in the quarter bumper ends, an external boot lid release button and head rests mounted on the rear bulkhead. The body material was steel with an aluminum front lid.
Series "M" cars were produced for a short period in the early part of 1971. They had five bolt fixing for the road wheels, an internal rear boot lid release catch, seat-mounted headrests, plus detail changes to the engine and gearbox, whilst the chassis received modification, resulting in an increase of 30mm in the rear track.
The Series "E" cars were produced from early 1971 to the end of production in 1974. They incorporated all the changes to the Series "M" examples, together with further modifications to the engine and gearbox. The windscreen wiper parking arrangement changed from central to right, on left-hand drive cars, whilst right-hand drive examples retained the central parking arrangement. Other visible differences were the repositioning of the door lock barrel from within the scallop to below it. The quarter bumpers finished short of the grille opening, the cooling ducts below the front quarter bumpers changed from plain rectangular openings, to formed circular inlets, and the rear number plate light became a chrome-plated rectangular unit mounted on the rear edge of the boot lid.
The 246 GT Dino was built on a 2340mm wheelbase chassis and was powered by a 2418cc V6 engine with a total output of 195 hp. The engine was mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel disc brakes.