1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
From its inception in 1967, the Ferrari Dino was destined for a place amongst the pantheon of Ferrari greats. Owing its name to the late Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, the car’s namesake pays homage to Enzo Ferrari’s son who tragically lost his life at the age of 24. The Dino proudly championed, and manifested, the concept that a sportscar from a world renowned manufacturer of the highest caliber, such as Ferrari, can be had at an affordable price, while exhibiting both intrinsic driving qualities and groundbreaking design; a recipe that would prove to make for an instant classic.
Introduced in 1967 as a lower-priced, mid-engined sports car to complement Ferrari's high-end V12 models, the first Dino, the 206 GT, was powered by a 2.0-liter transverse-mounted all aluminum V6 engine producing 178 horsepower. Designed by Pininfarina’s Aldo Brovarone and Leonardo Fioravanti, the stunningly sleek metalwork harked back to the elegant curving lines and soft edges of yesteryear’s Italian automotive design. Two short years after the 206 GT’s debut, in 1969, Ferrari unveiled to the public the Dino 246 GT, powered by a larger 2.4-liter V6 engine producing 195 horsepower, answering the deafening calls for more power. With a more aggressive body than its 206 GT predecessor, the 246 GT was a success, hastily becoming one of Ferrari's best-selling models, with over 3,700 cars gracing the road.
The Dino 246 GT was lauded by journalists and enthusiasts for its sublime handling and driving dynamics, thanks to its mid-engine layout and lightweight aluminum construction allowing for steering that is precise and responsive, giving drivers utmost confidence and a direct connection to the road. Driving a Ferrari Dino proved to be a unique experience, a perfect matrimony of the thrill of speed with the finesse of handling. The mid-engine layout was the key to the car’s exceptional balance and agility, allowing it to dance through corners with ease while maintaining excellent grip on the road for driver feedback.
Today, the Ferrari Dino is highly touted amongst enthusiasts and collectors alike; its timeless design, exceptionally accessible performance, and rich racing heritage have made it one of the most sought-after Ferrari sports cars in the world. While the Dino was never badged as a Ferrari, it remains a crucial cornerstone of the brand's history and deep legacy.
The Cultivated Collector’s 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT, chassis 05528, has traveled just 53,600 original miles and captivatingly wears Blu Scuro, over a black leather interior showing gorgeous patina. Previously owned by Ken Gross, award-winning automotive journalist, and having just left a 32 year ownership as part of a significant collection, 05528 has undergone recent servicing by Jim McGee of Pocono Sportscar, which has 05528 driving nothing short of its finest. 05528 is as ready for an easy trip to the local coffee shop, as it is ready to pirouette through magnificent back roads.