Prior to his untimely demise in 1956, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, the son of Enzo Ferrari, engineered a dual-overhead camshaft V-6 engine designed for both road and racing applications. Ferrari implemented this innovative engine in 1967, debuting it in a new car unveiled at the Turin Motor Show that year. The vehicle, named the Dino 206 GT, paid tribute to Enzo’s late son, showcasing Ferrari’s capability to compete with brands like Porsche by delivering a sports car at a more accessible price point while maintaining Italian style, flair, and drama.
After the production of 154 Dino 206s, Ferrari introduced the Dino 246 GT and GTS in 1969. Featuring a larger 2.4-liter V-6 engine, this iteration produced 15 additional horsepower compared to its 2.0-liter predecessor, resulting in a noticeably faster performance. The upgraded Dino could accelerate to 60 mph in just over eight seconds.
The Dino 246 exhibited exceptional weight distribution, thanks in part to its mid-mounted engine. From 1971 to 1974, Ferrari produced the final version of the Dino, known as the “E Series.” These Dinos were equipped with dual-Weber DCNF7 carburettors, boosting the top speed to 149 mph. The interior underwent revisions, featuring a redesigned dashboard that accommodated a radio and sliding heater controls.