The coveted Dino moniker amongst vintage motoring circles is a special one.
In celebration of the name’s 50th anniversary, a showcasing of automotive lifestyle will be held in honour of the Dino with an extensive display of the Ferrari and Fiat Dino models at this year’s Motorclassica event.
The importance of the car is one steeped in rich history and Italian heritage dating back to 1968. The Dino name was first designated to Ferraris with vee engines in the late fifties, Formula 1 and racing models. The name itself, was born from the nickname of Alfredo Ferrari, the son of founder Enzo Ferrari, who passed away in 1956 whilst working on a vee engine project.
This name was later applied to any Ferrari model with a vee engine through the sixties and in 1965 the 206 S racing model was born, bearing the Dino badge in place of the Ferrari one. Father and founder Enzo Ferrari built three mid-engined models which carried the nameplate from 1968 to 1973. Fiat also used the Dino name to fit the unique Ferrari V6 Dino engines originally developed for Formula 2 racing, to a limited-run of Coupes and Spyders between 1966 and 1973.
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An alliance was formed between the two brands and history was made with Dino models selling for as much as $522,000 in today’s Australian market. It’s certainly not considered one of the most beautiful Ferraris of all time for no reason.
Motorclassica will show-off three Dino 246 GTs and a pristine pair of the later 308 V8-engined wedge. Ferrari CEO of Australia Herbert Appleroth said that “a Dino display of this many classic vehicles is unprecedented in Australia, and we are excited to be officially involved in Motorclassica in 2015, the 50th anniversary year of the Dino.”
You can check out this year’s event at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building starting from the 23rd to 25th of October.
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