The ‘Dino’ badge was created by Fiat to market a affordable sporty car capable of taking on the Porsche 911.
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) V12s exceeded the 911 in performance and price. Enzo Ferrari did not want to diminish his exclusive brand with a cheaper car, so the ‘Dino was created at Fiat.
Dino honored Enzo’s late son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, credited with designing the V6 engine used in the car. Along with engineer Vittorio Jano, Dino persuaded his father to produce a line of racing cars in the 1950’s with V6 and V8 engines.
Ferrari wished to race in the new F1 category in Y 1967 with the Dino V6 engine. However, the Maranello Outfit did not meet the homologation rules, which called for 500 production vehicles using the engine to be produced.
Enzo Ferrari therefore asked Fiat to co-produce a sports car using the V6, and the front-engined, rear-drive Fiat Dino was born. It used a 1,987 cc (121.3 cu in) version of the Dino V6, allowing Ferrari to compete in F2.
Although a mid-engine layout was common in the world of sports car racing at the time, adapting it to a production car was daring. Such a design placed more of the car’s weight over the driven wheels, and allowed for a streamlined nose, but led to a cramped passenger compartment and more challenging handling.
Enzo Ferrari felt a mid-engine Ferrari would be unsafe in the hands of his customers, Fiat did produce a front engined Dino Spyder.
Eventually he relented, and allowed designer Sergio Pininfarina to build a mid-engined concept car for the 1965 Paris Motor Show under the Dino badge alone.
The 206S, shown at Turin in Y 1966, bore an even closer resemblance to the production version. Response to the radically styled car was positive, so Ferrari allowed it to go into production, rationalizing the lower power of the V6 engine would result in a more manageable car.
The 1st road-going Dino as well as the first Ferrari-built road car was the 1968 Dino 206 GT, designed by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina.
The 206 GT used a transverse-mounted 2.0 L all-aluminium 65-degree V6 engine, with 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 8,000 rpm, the same used in the Fiat Dino.
The 206 GT frame featured an aluminium body, full independent suspension, and all round disc brakes. 152 were built in total during 1968 and 1969, in left hand drive only.
Note: I owned the 1st 206 Dino GT liveried in LeMans blue with tan interior, in the US.
In 1969 the 206 GT was superseded by the more powerful Dino 246 GT. The 246 GT was powered by an enlarged 2418 cc V6 engine, producing with 195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp) at 7,600 rpm in European specification. Initially available as a fixed-top GT coupé, a targa topped GTS was also offered after Y 1971.
Other notable changes from the 206 were the body, now made of steel instead of aluminium, and a 60 mm (2.4 in) longer wheelbase than the 206.
There were 3 series of the Dino 246 GT were built, with differences in wheels, windshield wiper coverage, and engine ventilation. Dino 246 production numbered 2,295 GTs and 1,274 GTSs, for a total production run of 3,569.
Next came the series 3 sports car
The 308 GT4 was produced from Y 1973 to April 1980. Initially branded “Dino”, the 308 GT4 was Ferrari’s 1st V-8 production automobile.
The 308 was a 2+2 with a wheelbase of 100.4 inches (2,550 mm). The 308 was designed by Bertone; with its angular wedge shape, it looked quite different from the 206/246 from which it was derived.
The 308 GT4 V-8 had a 90-degree, dual-overhead-camshaft, 2927 cc motor with 4 Weber carburetors which produced 250 hp (186 kW). The V-8 block and heads were made of an aluminum alloy. The compression ratio was 8.8:1. The American version had a timing change and an air-pump; it produced a modest 230 hp (172 kW). The GT4 weighed 2535 pounds.
The 308 GT4 wore the Dino badge until May 1976, and then is got the Ferrari “Prancing Horse” badge on the hood, wheels, and the steering wheel, hence the Dino, became the Dino Ferrari.
I do not expect to see another Ferrari wearing the Dino badge, but…?
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