Who wouldn’t want a Ferrari? Sadly, not all of us have the financial clout to turn that dream into a reality — but the Italian carmaker found a gorgeous solution in the late Sixties with the Dino.
Named and designed as a tribute to Enzo’s son Alfredino who passed away at the age of 24, the budget-priced Dino 206 debuted in 1968. Its mid-engine design gave it a broad and purposeful look very much like a racing car. From the deep set headlights, slats in the bonnet, flattened tail and squared-off deck lid, it sure had the looks (along with a very driver-centric interior). It immediately set its sights on rivalling the Porsche 911 and enthusiasts responded well to the 160bhp 2.0-litre six-cylinder, and then demanded more power. They got it with the follow up 246 which really caught the imagination. Its 2.4-litre V6 mated to a five-speed manual had three Weber carbs and an updated electronic ignition made 192bhp and with it weighing just 1,080kg, it was brisk to say the least. Initially available as a fixed-top GT coupé, a targa topped GTS was also offered and in total, 3,569 were built until 1974.
They didn’t break the bank — but would now, fetching up to Dh1.6 million at auction.