Dino – 206 GT (1968)
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- Andrew Bagley (UK)
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There’s an emotional story behind the name Dino. In June 1956, Alfredo, the son of Enzo Ferrari, succumbed to an invidious disease at the age of just 24 years. Dino was a nickname for the young engineer, who is reputed to have sketched the basic features for a formula engine just before he died: a lightweight alloy V6 with 1.5 litre displacement and an unusual 65-degree bank angle. After a string of racing campaigns, Ferrari adapted the V6 for a new road-going sports car with a mid-engined layout – the Dino 206 GT, which was featured as a study at the Paris Salon in 1965 to give an insight into the subsequent series version.
The unusual sporty, elegant bodywork of the Dino 206 GT was penned by Pininfarina designers Aldo Brovarone and Leonardo Fioravanti, with Scaglietti manufacturing the body from lightweight aluminium. Only 152 examples of the two-litre Dino were produced, and one of them is this car liveried in transcendent Oro Chiaro Metallizzato. Like all Dino models, the automobile bears no reference to its relationship with Ferrari but it honours Enzo Ferrari’s son Dino with its name.