Photogallery: Dino 246 GT, the value of simplicity |  FormulaPassion.it

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Photogallery: Dino 246 GT, the value of simplicity |  FormulaPassion.it

According to celebrated designer Frank Stephenson, the Dino 246 GT it was one of the most beautiful cars produced by the Ferrari in its long history. The appreciation is clear, for the purity and simplicity of the forms. There’s no denying, indeed, the creature’s timeless beauty Aldo Brovarone. The Dino 246 was produced in different versions both with coupé and spider (GTS) bodywork from 1969 until 1973, achieving excellent commercial and critical success. But without the Ferrari horse, since the emblem with the ‘Dino’ signature was installed on the bonnet.

The car was also boosted by its notoriety by the TV series ‘Attenti a quel due’, in which the 246 was pushed to carry out daring chases. And of course there was someone to take it to the track. But much of its legendary aura was already acquired during the presentation, al 1969 Geneva Motor Show, when she was shown as the heir to the 206 GT. Aesthetically, the changes had been few, while mechanically the newcomer was fitted with a 2.4-liter engine with a declared power of 195 horsepower. Compared to its ancestor, the Dino 246 GT was 60 millimeters longer in terms of chassis, while for the body the difference reached 85 millimeters.

Other distinguishing features from the 206 GT were the fuel filler flap (instead of the visible cap), the alloy wheels with circular hubcaps and the timing of the launch, which allowed the 246 GT to stay on the market longer (up to the oil crisis). The declared opponent was the Porsche 911. Three different versions were produced: the L, built until 1971, which retained the wing nut fastening; the 1971 M with new 5-bolt alloy wheels and 205/70 VR 14 tires, ATE disc brakes and more refined interiors; the 1972 E which fitted Weber double-barreled DCNF / 13 carburettors and slightly more angular bumpers. With the E version, the GTS was also introduced on the market.

FP | Samuel Prosino

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