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Ferrari Dino 206 and 246 (1969 - 1974)

Last updated 19 July 2013

 
5
Great to drive with beautiful handling, sonorous V6 that loves to rev, and one of the most beautiful cars ever made
Cramped for tall people
3,913
were produced
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Introduction

The 206GT didn't wear a Ferrari badge at all - being sold merely as the Dino (named after Enzo's late son). But of course, everyone called them Ferrari Dinos, no matter what Enzo preferred. Whatever its name, the Dino established a number of firsts for Ferrari - it was the company's first road-going V6, and its first mid-mounted sports car.

In original 2.0-litre form it lacked torque, and a mere 150-or-so were built before Ferrari upgraded the car to 2.4-litres and 195bhp. These later cars were built from steel, with an iron (rather than alloy) engine block, but the quad-cam V6 was now capable of taking the 246 to more than 140mph. 

In 1972, Ferrari extended the appeal of the Dino by offering a targa-roofed variation. As well as the lift-out roof panel, the other big change was deletion of the rear side windows. The Dino was a huge success, taking the fight to the Porsche 911, and set Ferrari on a course of offering 'junior' models, which remains in place to this day.

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