The iconic V-6 model is half a century old

The iconic Ferrari Dino is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, and the Maranello-based company marked the occasion with a special event in its hometown. More than 150 Dinos and over 300 customers from all over the world attended the celebration.

The Dino was launched as a stand-alone brand within Ferrari, and it was created as a more affordable option to the regular Ferrari

First shown as a prototype at the Paris Motor Show in 1965, the Dino debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in November 1967. This means that the car’s 50th anniversary should have been marked in 2017, but Ferrari chose to celebrate the date that it entered production so that the event wasn’t overshadowed by the company’s 70th anniversary last year.

The Dino was launched as a stand-alone brand within Ferrari, and it was created as a more affordable option to the regular Ferrari. Aimed at the Porsche 911, it was fitted with a V-6 engine instead of the more traditional V-12. The name was a tribute to Enzo Ferrari’s late son, Alfredo "Dino," who created the V-6 engine.

Unlike other Ferraris from the era, the Dino had a mid-engine layout. The first series, the Dino 206 GT, was produced in 1968 and 1969 in 152 units. The sports car used a 2.0-liter V-6 rated at 178 horsepower, an independent suspension system, and brake discs at all four corners.

Ferrari Celebrates 50 Years of Dino
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Unlike other Ferraris from the era, the Dino had a mid-engine layout.

Ferrari updated the Dino to 246 GT specifications in 1969. This car had a revised body, which was made of steel instead of aluminum, and a bigger, 2.4-liter V-6 engine. Output increased to 192 horsepower. A Targa-top GTS version was also launched in 1971. Production ended in 1974 after a total run of 3,569 examples, which makes the Dino one of the best-selling Ferraris in history.

Although Ferrari only celebrated the original Dino, the nameplate continued after 1974 with a more wedge-style design. The 308 GT4 was also the first production Ferrari to us a V-8 engine and continued to be sold under the Dino brand until 1976. From then until 1980, when it was replaced by the Mondial, it was marketed as a Ferrari.

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Press release

More than 150 Dinos and over 300 customers from all over the world flocked to Maranello and Ferrari on Saturday 30 June for an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the road debut of the first production car. The Dino, one of the world’s best-loved and biggest selling Ferraris, had a rather long gestation. Fitted with a six-cylinder engine designed by Enzo Ferrari’s son, the saloon was first presented as a prototype at the Paris Motor Show in October 1965. A year later it went on display at the Turin Motor Show but was only officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show the following November.

Thus, the car’s 50th anniversary should really have been marked in 2017, but any commemorative event would have been overshadowed by the Ferrari 70th anniversary celebrations. Hence the decision to celebrate the half-century of another special event, the road debut of the first model in March 1968.On Saturday, the first cars arrived in the forecourt of the Maranello Museum at 8:30 am and then headed to the Fiorano track.

An hour later a second group of customers followed the same route. The cars paraded all together on the track before gathering on the steering pad for a wonderful souvenir photo. At midday, the Dinos drove into the factory where the customers were given a special tour. Then at the end of the afternoon a memorable day closed with the traditional drive, one car at a time, under the arch of the historical entrance on Via Abetone Inferiore. This spectacular parade attracted many fans of this much-loved Ferrari.

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