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Ferrari Dino 246 GT


Ferrari Dino 246 GT

Though the earlier 1967-1968 Dino 206 styled by Pininfarina (never badged a Ferrari) had all the right ingredients of a howling V6, 5-speed gearbox and fully independent suspension, it didn't have its bugs ironed out, so the 1969 Ferrari 246GT was a better car. The Dino was advanced in that it ran the V6 mid-mounted and transverse, and because it was the first switch by Ferrari to rack and pinion steering. It used a tubular chassis with double wishbones all around, but while the first Dino had an alloy body, the 246 GT used steel so was slightly heavier. Early cars had just 12 lei (l,998cc) displacement in the all-alloy engine derived from Ferrari's 97ci (1.6-liter) F2 motor, but in 1969 the blocks were made in cast iron by Fiat and given a longer stroke and larger bore. Brilliant handling and an engine which would rev past its 7,800rpm redline ensured the Dino became a collector's car.

Ferrari Dino 246 GT Specifications

Top speed:148 mph (237 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.3 sec
Engine type:V6
Displacement:148 ci (2,418 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:195 bhp (145 kW) @ 5,000 rpm
Max torque:166 lb ft (224 Nm) @ 5,500 rpm
Weight:2,611 lb (1,187 kg)
Economy:22 mpg (7.8 km/I)
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