Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Ferrari Dino

Ferrari Dino
When is a Ferrari not a Ferrari?  When it is a Dino 246!  How so?  Well, what defines a Ferrari?  Why, the prancing horse logo, of course!  But the 246 only ever wore Dino GT insignia.  The firm's founder, Enzo Ferrari, wanted this car to be a 'marque' all of its own.  He had prematurely lost his son Alfredino, so the 'Dino' was a father's tribute.  The car, though, was a Ferrari in all but name.  Ironically, it might almost be considered the most iconic Ferrari of the lot!

And again, when is a Ferrari not a Ferrari?  When it is a Ferrari-Fiat!  The two marques came up with a scheme whereby Ferrari were able to participate in an F2 racing series from which they would have been otherwise debarred.  For their relative lack of resources meant they were not in a position to build the 500 road cars the race series' rules required.  For the mighty Fiat corporation, though, that was not an issue.  So, inside every Ferrari Dino there lurks a little bit of Fiat...well, in spirit, at any rate!   

There was one aspect of the Dino unaffected by all these convolutions.  Breathtaking in its beauty, the Pinanfarina and Bertone styling houses are visible in every perfectly executed line and curve.  Of course, no car could ever make up for the trauma of losing a son!  But it is to be hoped that the unforgettable Ferrari Dino was at least a small source of comfort to the great man.

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