When you’ve already got a garage stocked with Ferrari’s greatest hits, each time you add something to the collection, it has to be interesting. This particular Dino, now packing more than 400 horsepower from an engine stolen from the famous F40 supercar, would qualify as interesting. David Lee is well-known for his collection of prancing horses, and an appreciation for super expensive watches which has turned into a rather lucrative career, but I want to call attention to his idea of crafting a car that satisfies a remarkable craving. (Full Disclosure: The owner of this Dino practically begged me to fly to LA, and damn near forced me to take it for a spirited run up and back down the Angeles Crest Highway. I couldn’t be the jerk that said no to such a request.) What Is This? The Dino was produced by Ferrari from 1968 until 1976, and the best version was the 2-seat 246 GTS. It’s easily one of the most under-appreciated designs to come from Pininfarina, and I still think it’s one of the best looking Ferraris created while Enzo was still walking around the factory in Maranello. But it was brought to life as an entry-level Ferrari. And even though it was named after Mr. Ferrari’s son (Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari) who designed the engine and tragically died at a young age, the Dino itself was never really considered a true Ferrari by the company or collectors. That’s why you won’t find a single prancing horse badge… [Read full story]
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