1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT (Barn Find)

The Ferrari Dino 246 GT is rightly famous as the Ferrari that wasn’t sold as a Ferrari (it was badged a “Dino,” a brand for sub-V12 cars), and for being named after Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, who passed away from muscular dystrophy at the age of 24. Without any of that background, however, the Dino could easily stand alone. The 246 GT’s immediate predecessor, the 206, was conservative-minded Ferrari’s first mid-engine road car and the beginning of a trend that even the reluctant Enzo couldn’t stifle—particularly with styling partner Pininfarina pushing him in that direction (Pininfarina also penned the Dino’s graceful lines). It was also the first Ferrari to use less than 12 cylinders. In the 246 GT’s case, it’s a sweet-sounding V6 that was Dino’s legacy—before Dino passed away, he worked with famed engineer Vittorio Jano on the advanced engine that would ultimately be produced in various forms for almost 40 years. Because the 246 GT was significantly smaller and lighter than other Ferrari models, the 2.4-liter motor’s 195 horsepower makes the baby Ferrari fairly quick. However, a straight line isn’t the best way to experience the 246 GT, because it truly excels is in spirited driving where the mid-engine placement can show off its superior handling characteristics. It won’t take long to understand why Enzo changed his mind about the 246 GT’s layout, and even named it after his beloved son.

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