It has been half a century since the first Dino rolled off the assembly line. This sporty mid-engine car was named for Enzo’s first son Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari. He followed in his father’s footsteps becoming an automotive engineer. Dino worked on prototype racing engines like the 1.5 liter V6 that would see action in Formula 2 in 1955. He also styled and built the 750 Monza race car. But he lost his life to Muscular Dystrophy in 1956, he was only 24 years old.
When Enzo decided to build a smaller & lighter sports car, he named it in honor of his son. For a long time, Dino owners were treated like second class in Ferrari collector circles, but now it is quite the opposite. A numbers-matching Dino can bring big bucks. Built from 1968 to 1976, the 206 and 246 Dino models used all-aluminum V6 engines with close ties to the 1.5 V6 mentioned above. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the marque, Ferrari invited all of them to come home last weekend. In a press release last night, we see over 150 Dinos and over 300 customers at Fiorano.