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The Dino line begins with the 206 GT of 1967, the first “junior” Ferrari which was almost a brand in its own right for the manufacturer. It benefited from a lightweight chassis in which a 2.0 aluminum V6 engine was mounted transversely in a central position. This block developed a power of 160 hp and allowed the coupe to reach a top speed of 235 km / h. The aerodynamic body, also in aluminum, was signed Pininfarina. The Dino 246 GT appeared in 1969, with a wheelbase extended by 60 mm compared to the 206 GT and a more powerful 2.4 engine block. There is no longer any question of aluminum for the body, which will be made of steel, nor for the six-cylinder V engine whose block will be cast in cast iron. The larger displacement, however, allows the V6 to reach 195 hp, thus compensating for a necessarily increased weight. This time, the sports car reaches almost 245 km / h in a straight line while still offering remarkable dynamic behavior.
Ferrari Dino 246 GT: the manufacturer's most emblematic “junior” model
Three ranges of Dino 246 GT
Ferrari Dino 246 GT | Photos of the iconic “junior” Ferrari+18
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Although presented in November 1969 at the Turin Motor Show, the 246 GT had already been in production for several months, with 81 units already leaving the factories of the Italian manufacturer. As we said earlier, the wheelbase of the 246 GT has lengthened to 2340mm compared to 2280mm for the 206 GT. The displacement of its engine, which can be found in the denomination of the models, has increased from 2.0 to 2.4 with a similar V6 architecture. The 246 GTS, equipped with a black removable roof, was presented in the spring of 1972 at the Geneva Motor Show.
While the 246 GT has changed little during its five years of production (1969 to 1974), three ranges which are distinguished by the letters L, M and E nevertheless offer specific respective characteristics. On the “L” range for example, the rims were still attached to the hubs using a single central butterfly while they are secured with five bolts from the “M” range (manufactured for a short period at the start of 1971). The “E” range, which appeared shortly thereafter, in 1971, was to be produced until the end of production of the model. It is distinguished by the specific features of the "M" range and some additional technical details (engine and gearbox upgrades, right-hand wipers at rest, displaced locks, circular air intakes at the front, etc.). In total, 3,761 copies of this endearing sports car will have been produced. In competition condition, the beautiful trades around € 275,000 for the coupe (GT) and € 350,000 for the convertible (GTS).