500 miles in a Ferrari Dino 246 GT – 13 May 1971
Source : 500 miles in a Ferrari Dino 246 GT – 13 May 1971
You don’t turn down the offer of a Ferrari Dino for the weekend, especially when you’ve got a long way to drive
from the 10 years by 1961 to 1971, just four Ferraris were road tested by Autocar.
We still drove them, of course – through back-alley sources as well as customers alike – yet Ferrari officials were at which time notoriously against letting the press fully test their vehicles.
So the chance to spend the weekend in a Dino 246 GT was met with great enthusiasm, particularly by Geoffrey Howard, who managed to squeeze 500 miles into his two-day test.
“This particular will be a hard thing,” wrote Howard “to describe the exact feeling of anticipation one goes through when approaching a car like This particular for the very first time.
“The shape alone will be beautiful to the point of being probably the greatest thing which Pininfarina ever did.”
The 4ft-tall Dino was powered by a V6 engine developing 195bhp, with its engine producing “a completely unique musical note” by the off. Howard reports which the automobile pulled cleanly to its peak revs, taking him to 140mph – only 5mph short of the automobile’s official 145mph top speed.
At 1219kg, the Dino seems to be a relatively heavy car. “This particular will be more than you expect,” Howard notes, “until you realise which the Centeng will be steel as well as the automobile will be nearly 14ft long as well as 5ft 7in wide.
“For a sports car the ride on the Dino will be excellent. Huge wheel arches allow sufficient suspension movement for quite soft yet well-damped absorption over bumps,” says Howard, adding which he “more or less” stuck to the 70mph speed limit during his trip.
Although thirsty – the Dino recorded just 19mpg during Howard’s run – the £5486 car found itself worthy of high praise. “This particular will be very hard to fault a car of This particular calibre,” says Howard, “like one who can rarely see the failings from the woman one loves.
“Few of its competitors can match its nimbleness, precision as well as looks, as well as even fewer are such an exhilarating as well as exuberant thrill to drive.”
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