1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe
1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT coupe
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About “Blue (2)”
Here's a more recent shot of my Ghia. I finally got a pair of radials for the rear so I wouldn't have to run slicks all the time.
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 :) .
Specs for “Blue (2)”
1964 Karmann Ghia. Sea Blue paint. Custom interior with matching pleats (blue). Original condition. All modifications are reversible. The dash is original and un-cut.
The current street engine is estimated at 190hp. Best 1/4 mile is a 13.05 at over 100mph. A messed up launch netted a slow 60' time. When matched to the normal 1.56-1.60 60 foot times, the car is a 12.80 car "as is."
Future plans call for a stout 2332cc "street/strip" engine with an estimated 240hp. Expected e.t.'s are to be high 11's at nearly 120mph. Have the parts to re-assemble, just not the time to build it.
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
Factory Options for “Blue (2)”
The car had only a few options when new. They included white wall tires, an AM radio with antenna and seat belts.
Factory Options for “Dino”
No factory options listed.
Mods for “Blue (2)”
Currently running a "Street" engine displacing 2054cc's. Internals include a 74mm Tony Mance crankshaft, wedgemated to a 12lbs flywheel. Scat 5.400" I-beam connecting rods push 94mm Mahle pistons. Heads are vintage Lonne Reed "Head Shop" Wedge-Ports with 42x37.5 valves. Compression is a hefty 10.92 to 1. Induction comes through a pair of geniune Italian Weber 48 IDA carburators with 42mm venturis. Exhaust exits through Gene Berg Enterprises 1 3/4" merged header with my own fabricated Flowmaster 2 1/2" muffler.
The transmission is a highly modified Type 1 gearbox. Built by Dave Folts (La Habra CA), it features a Rhino case, ERCO gears (4.25/2.56/1.70/1.31) with a 3.885 R&P.
Suspension modifications include Sway-A-Way 28mm rear torsion bars, a CB Performance front beam with Puma Adjusters.
Wheels are a set of ERCO spun aluminum rims. Fronts are the popular 3.5" bubble zero offset rims with original Michelin 135 radials. Rears are a custom-made 5 1/4" wide rim with a rear off set to fit inside the tight Ghia fender well. I have two sets of the rears (one for radials, one for drag slicks).
Mods for “Dino”
- "Ferrari" add on on the tail
- black&white historic plates
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