The Ultimate Classic Car – Ferrari Dino
My first knowledge of a Ferrari Dino 246 GTS came from an iconic television program “Hart to Hart.” How could Robert Wagner look any better at that time? By driving a blazing red Dino. My dream car has always been a red Mustang convertible, but research proved that this classic Ferrari had a better, can we say, sex appeal. Alas, I could not afford such a car in 1973, when the price tag was only $14,500. Today the price tag today is well over $100,000 for this definitive vintage car, and some of these priceless cars have sold for $245,000 at classic car shows. I still can’t afford the car.
The Ferrari Dino is truly an exotic sports car. Ferrari built only about 4000 of these cars from 1968 to 1976, and this Ferrari was designed to be the ultimate mid-engine model. The goal was to compete with the Porsche 911. The car is truly glamorous even if the fur-covered dash gets dirty easy and the interior can become brittle. That’s okay. It has a 5-speed manual that is very responsive, and the cute little engine is a 147.6-cu-in/2419cc DOHC V-6 3×2 bbl Weber 40DCF carburetor.
I am sure the engine specs mean something to classic car enthusiasts, I am just interested in the handling, the flashy red paint, and the profile of the car. Restored this car can outmatch any Ferrari built today. With the removable roof panel, it can open your sights to a sky that blazes along with the V-6 engine.
The Dino was created to honor Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredo (Dino) who wanted a car with a simple V6 engine long before these engines became popular. Specifications to make the Dino even more stunning is the alterations done to accept 71/2-inch-wide Campagnolo wheels. Wheel flares on the Ferrari Dino are epic and were designed to prevent dirt and debris from being thrown on the car. And, to look sexy.