Ferrari Dino 246 Targa GTS : 1973

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The Dino 246 was the first Ferrari model produced in high numbers.

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1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

Dino was a brand for mid-engined, rear-drive sports cars produced by Ferrari from 1968 to 1976. The Dino brand was meant to be used for cars with engines that had fewer than 12 cylinders, reserving the Ferrari name for the V-12 and flat 12 models.

The Dino name was retired after that point, in favour of conventional Ferrari branding. The Dino brand was an attempt by Ferrari to produce a relatively low cost sports car by using components from other vehicles.

The name "Dino" honors the founder's late son, Alfredo "Dino" Ferrari, who was credited with the design of the V6 engine. Along with famed engineer, Vittorio Jano, Dino influenced Enzo Ferrari's decision to produce a line of racing cars in the 1950s, with V6 and V8 engine designs. History shows that Alfredo Ferrari did not have a hand in the actual design of the V6 motor that made its way into the Dino.

The "Dino" brand was created to market a lower priced, "affordable" sports car. The first brochure described the Dino as "almost a Ferrari". Ferrari intended to do battle in the marketplace with Porsche and its 911. The more expensive road going Ferrari V12's of the time were no match at their much higher price point. But Enzo did not want to diminish the Ferrari brand with a cheaper car, and so "Dino" was born.

The European motor produced 195 bhp (at 7,600 rpm). The 246 Dino GTS weighed 2426 pounds. The body was now made of steel to save cost.

1,274 Spyders were built from 1972 to 1974.

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1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

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1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

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1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

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1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

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1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

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1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

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1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

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Dino wheel center cap from a 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

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Dino GT emblem from a 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

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Prancing Horse emblem from a 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS.

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