The importance of the Dino as Ferrari’s first production, mid-engined sports car should not be underestimated. The car’s DNA runs through all subsequent two-seater models through to today’s 488 GTB and Spider.
The Dino name had already appeared in relation to a number of Ferrari V6 racing engines in the late 1950s and ’60s as a tribute to Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredo ‘Dino’ Ferrari, who had participated in the development of these engines before tragically passing away at the age of 24. However, the road car project was born of a joint venture with Fiat to provide a V6 Dino engine for a run of a new high-performance Fiat GT car. Timing of the launch was designed to coincide with the need for a homologated V6 engine for motor racing. Following a couple of years of development, Ferrari launched its own Dino in 1968.
While the Dino grew over time in size, engine displacement, and complexity, it is the earliest 206 Dino and remains the most treasured by collectors. This highly attractive and authentically restored example of Ferrari’s rarest mid-engined car would be an excellent addition to any Ferrari collection.
RM Sotheby's will be offering this example at their upcoming Paris auction on the 8th February, the estimated value is between €475,000 - €575,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Tom Gidden ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.