It was the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2 that had prompted the introduction of a 'junior' Ferrari, the Dino 206 GT, at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. The latest in a line of Dino V6 'quad-cam' engines stretching back to the late 1950s, the new unit proved as successful on the racetrack as in the showroom.
Building on experienced gained with its successful limited edition Dino 206 S sports-racer of 1966, Ferrari retained the racer's mid-engined layout for the road car but installed the power unit transversely rather than longitudinally. A compact, aluminium-bodied coupé, the Pininfarina-styled Dino was named after Enzo Ferrari's late son, Alfredino, and intended as the first of a separate but related marque. A 2.4-litre version on a longer wheelbase, the 246 GT, replaced the original Dino 206 in late 1969. Built by Scaglietti, the body was now steel and the cylinder block cast-iron rather than aluminium, but the bigger engine's increased power adequately compensated for the weight gain. A targa-top version, the 246 GTS, followed in 1972.
Bonhams will be offering this beautiful 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS at their upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on the 13th July. Its estimated value is between £250,000 - £300,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.