After two years and 152 units built, the Dino 206 GT gave way to the 246 GT. The successor to the Italian mid-engine road sports car made its debut at the 1969 Geneva Motor Show Externally, there was little difference between the two vehicles. The curvaceous design made the Dino one of the most beautiful sports cars of all time.
In the mid-1960s, Ferrari faced a problem: In order to compete in Formula 2 with its single-seater Dino 166, it was necessary to homologate a new engine. This engine had to come from a production car that was sold at least 500 times in one year. To make participation possible, Ferrari cooperated with the Turin-based carmaker Fiat.
In 1973, Ferrari presented the Dino 308 GT4 as a successor to the successful Dino 246 GT, but the car equipped with a standard V8 engine from Maranello did not appeal to fans of the brand. One reason for this was that the design of the 308 GT4, described by the automotive press as "unusual," did not come from Sergio Pininfarina, but from Bertone. As a result, sales of the 2+2-seater Dino, which was only available as a Coupe, fell shortly after its introduction. Today, the 308 GT4 has a large fan base and is considered a reference object for many automobile designers.
The impetus for the development of the Dino Coupe was Ferrari's desire to compete in Formula 2 with its Dino brand in the mid-1960s. To achieve this, Ferrari had to overcome a seemingly insurmountable hurdle. The regulations at the time stipulated that only vehicles whose engine block came from a production car and had a displacement of no more than 1.6 liters could take part in the competitions. The production model also had to have at least 500 sales within a year.