1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT coupe
1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
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Dino 246 GT, baby Ferrari. A rare find.
Well okay, it's not a 250 GT California or one of the 39 250 GTOs, but between 1869 and 2609 were built.
And notice that this is NOT a fibreglass replica! It's a real deal 246 GT made out of steel and iron (it has iron engine block instead of the alloy one which was used in 206 GT's).
It's gone through complete restoration and it has about 5778 miles on it. I've been told that now its estimated worth is around 188 988usd/127 000€.
The car's equipped with four-cam 2.4 litre V6 (mid-)engine that'll take this little Ferrari all the way to 150 mph.
I'd say this is a budget collectable Ferrari. Taking its overall great condition in consideration, it's probably from the cheap(est) end of the spectrum. Now I'm not saying its a cheap car, just that it's cheaper than other collectables of its decade ;) .
Some explanation on why Dino has a V6 instead of Ferrari's more powerful V12; Enzo felt it would be too dangerous to build a midengine road car with a V12 engine. While it was fine for racing and professional drivers, he was against making midengined sports car for customers. When he finally decided to give Pininfarina permission to develope the car, Enzo didn't want it to be "Ferrari", but "Dino" instead. The name memorialized Enzo's son, Alfredino, who died at young age in 1956. And this is also the reason why Dino never wore the Ferrari name (the script on the tail of this Dino is an add on, will add pictures later) or cavallino rampante badge from the factory.
So that's how we got 2.4 litre V6 engine, hence the name "246".
They also created a GTS with removable roof panel but this GT looks much more stylish with its curved rear double window within the flying buttresses.
I'm sure I forgot to mention something but I might add more info later on, same goes with pictures, and if I remembered something wrong in Dino's background story, feel free to correct me :) .
Back in 2000, I had the misfortune to have to take a prescription that meant I couldn't drive. I sold the daily car I had at that point (one plain-Jane black 5-speed Cavalier coupe - a transportation appliance at best). A couple of years went by, and I changed doctors. The new guy prescribed something different for my condition, so I needed wheels once again. I could: A) spend $4,500 on a cheap used car that would just blend into the woodwork or, B) Find a really decent Corvair set up the way I like it. Now THAT car doesn't blend in. I found this '66 Corvair in Denver, CO, on eBay. The engine had been rebuilt by a nationally-known Corvair specialist shortly before the previous owner put it into storage for about ten years. It came out of the rebuild capable of putting 220 horsepower down to the pavement. Not bad for 164 unblown, carbureted cubic inches! It also had new tires all around. I won the auction, and flew out with my wife to drive it home. A fantastic road trip, and it cost half as much as shipping it would have. It became my daily driver for the next three years, until, in late '05, I had it in for state inspection at a friends Corvair restoration shop. While it was up on the lift, I got to see just how little rust the car had underneath. I decided at that point that it had seen its last winter of Pennsylvania road salt! It is now my nice spring day car, and a pleasure to drive. It still draws attention wherever I go with it.
UPDATE: I had to sell my beloved Ashley in August of 2009 due to the nation's lousy economy. My overtime had gone away and and my wife lost her job due to a work-related disability that they refused to accept responsibility for, so we just couldn't justify the expense of nearly $100/month to insure the third car in a two-driver household. Our mortgage was a couple of months behind, so sadly I took a friend up on his standing offer on her. As promised, he has given her the complete cosmetic restoration she so badly deserved. Of course, she didn't need anything mechanically - I always kept her up 100% mechanically. Furthermore, he gave me right of first refusal, so if he should ever decide to sell her, I get the first opportunity to buy her back.
Specs for “Dino”
1969-1974 Ferrari Dino 206/246 GT
Suspension Front: Independent, double wishbone, coil spring
Suspension Rear: Independent, double wishbone, coil spring
Drivetrain: mid-engine RWD
Steering: rack and pinion
Bodyframe: chassis and seperate body
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Specs for “"Ashley"”
1966 Corvair Monza Sport Coupe
164 C.I.D. Opposed 6-cylinder engine, air cooled.
Lemonwood Yellow paint, Black interior
Factory Options for “Dino”
No factory options listed.
Factory Options for “"Ashley"”
(All options verified by build sheet)
140 horsepower, 4 carb engine
"Mag-Style" full wheel covers
AM pushbutton radio
Mods for “Dino”
- "Ferrari" add on on the tail
- black&white historic plates
Mods for “"Ashley"”
Engine rebuilt to Yenko Stinger Stage III specs - 220 net horsepower.
Suspension lowered 1 coil.
Low-restriction intake and exhaust.
Full window tint.
Tail panel painted silver (like the factory did with the Corvair Corsa model).
AM/FM/CD/Stereo unit mounted under the dash - NO holes cut or drilled for the installation!
Additional gauges (Tachometer, Voltmeter, Oil Pressure, Oil Temperature)
Pennsylvania Vanity Plate "CORVA1R"
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