You are here: Home CarsFerrari Dino 246 GT

Ferrari Dino 246 GT

Ferrari Dino 246 GT

The Ferrari Dino 246 GT made its official debut at the Turin Show in November 1969, although the production run had already commenced.

A total of 81 examples were completed by the end of the year. Visually the 246 GT was almost identical to the 206 GT that it succeeded, apart from the fuel filler cap being under a flush fitting flap on the left sail panel. In reality there were more differences than initially met the eye. Apart from the increase in engine capacity from 2 litres to 2.4 litres, the engine block material was changed from aluminium to cast iron. Also not apparent from a casual glance was the change to the wheelbase, which was 2280mm on the 206 GT, and 2340mm on the 246 GT, with a corresponding increase in overall length. An increase in diameter of the paired twin exhaust pipes could also be noticed. During the production period of the 246 GT from 1969 to 1974, there were no major changes to any features, although various smaller items and details did change, leading to the three series of cars referred to as “L”, “M” and “E”. This is apart from the different market versions, and the targa-roof 246 GTS model.

Ferrari Dino interior

The engine was again of 65 degree configuration, with chain-driven twin overhead camshafts per bank, having a total capacity of 2418cc, with a bore and stroke of 92.5mm x 60mm, bearing factory type reference 135 CS. The cylinder block was cast iron, whilst the cylinder heads and various other castings were of a silumin alloy. The engine was transversely mounted in unit with the all-synchromesh five-speed transmission assembly, which was below and to the rear of the engine’s wet sump. It was fitted with a bank of three twin-choke Weber 40 DCN F/7 carburettors on Series “L” and “M” cars, with 40 DCN F/13 models on Series “E” cars, mounted in the centre of the vee, with a distributor and electronic ignition system, to produce a claimed power output of 195 hp.

Ferrari Dino 246 GT Ferrari Dino engine

Despite the evolution of the body style from the sports-racing Dino model, there was virtually no competition career for the Dino road series cars, apart from relatively low key private entries in some national events and rallies. The only major international race appearance was at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in 1972, when a much modified 246 GT, chassis no. 02678, was entered by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team, driven by Gilles Doncieux/Pierre Laffeach/Yves Forestier, finishing in 17th position overall and 7th in the Index of Performance category. Between 1969 and 1974 a total of 2487 Dino 246 GT models were produced, with 1274 246 GTS examples being produced between 1972 and 1974.

General characteristics

Performance

0-60mph: 7.1secs

Top speed: 146mph

Power: 195bhp

Torque: 166lb/ft

MPG: 17mpg

Engine

Configuration: V6

Aspiration: normal

Fuel: petrol

Fuel delivery: carburettor

Chassis

Ferrari Dino illustration

Suspension Front: Independent, double wishbone, coil spring

Suspension Rear: Independent, double wishbone, coil spring

Drivetrain: mid-engine RWD

Steering: rack and pinion

Bodyframe: spaceframe

Transmission: Five-speed manual

Dimensions

Length: 4234mm

Wheelbase: 2344mm

Width: 1707mm

Height: 1143mm

Weight: 1100kgs

Share This Post

Comments

Commenting Guidelines › ›

Recommended For You
Follow 007LX: On Facebook