This car is a M-Type 246 GT with the enlarged 2418cc V6. The 246 also had a steel body (instead of aluminium like the 206) and a 60mm longer wheelbase than the 206. This car was built at the end of 1970 and its journey started in Italy, before being exported to Belgium in 1971. In 1979, it was exported to the UK where it stayed until 2006. Then it was exported again to Sweden. In 2018 it ended up in the Netherlands where it is now offered to you by Classic Park.
The car is finished in a stunning Giallo Senape, one of only 64 to ever be finished in this colour. At some point in its life the car had an extensively documented “body-off” restoration and was painted Ferrari red. Afterwards, the car is restored back into its original colour. The car has a very complete history and comes with an official Ferrari Heritage Certificate. 246 GT’s are rare to start with, but another one in this colour in this condition will be nearly impossible to find.
To participate in the Formula 2 competition in the early sixties, Ferrari had to produce at least 500 engines similar to the ones used in the racing cars. That turned out to be a problem, since the Ferrari factory was modest in size, at the time. Ferrari entered into a partnership with FIAT that did have sufficient production capacity. Confusingly, a FIAT Dino was also produced.
The Ferrari Dino 206 was presented in 1967 and had a transverse mounted, mid-engine instead of the front engine in the FIAT Dino. The Ferrari Pininfarina design was somewhat sportier as well.
Ferrari’s intention was to name all V6 cars “Dino”, as a tribute to Alfredo (“Dino”), Enzo Ferrari’s son who died at a young age. American Ferrari dealers considered the “Dino” brand as difficult to sell, so the cars were renamed Fiat and Ferrari Dino.
Ferrari’s Dino’s were equipped with engines identical to those in the FIAT’s: a 2.0-liter, 160 hp (118 kW, 158 hp) V-6, with a 5-speed gearbox.
This engine was later enlarged to 2.4 liters, 180 hp (132 kW, 178 hp). Many of the Ferrari and Fiat parts are interchangeable.
The Dino 246 GT was a more powerful version of the 206. The engine had a double overhead camshaft and produced 195 hp (at 7,600 rpm). The top speed was 146 mph (235 km / h). The 246 GT was available as a coupé and, from 1971, as Spyder GTS convertible. The car weighed 2,380 lb (1,080 kg), to save money steel was used to construct the body, the wheelbase was elongated by 2.1 inch (53 mm). Between 1969 and 1974, 2,295 coupé and 1,274 Spyder versions of the 246GT were produced.
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