Every year at the New York International Auto Show, the Saratoga Automobile Museum sets up a display of some of the finest classic cars. This year, the theme was “Italian” – and while there was no Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale do drool over, the collection did not disappoint.
The picture above is of a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS. The 2 and 4 stood for 2.4 liter and the number 6 stood for 6 cylinder. The Dino 246 was the first Ferrari model produced in high numbers.
This brief history lesson leads us to some European chatter about a successor to the Dino. Although Ferrari is denying the fact, a Ferrari rep in Detroit swatted me off like a fly when I brought up the subject; it appears the automaker is dabbling in reviving the concept of a smaller more affordable sportscar.
A new Ã¢â‚¬Å“babyÃ¢â‚¬Â Ferrari could be based on a shortened platform of the Maserati GranTurismo which it will share with the Maserati GT Cabriolet coming in a convertible form with a folding hardtop.
I might be swatting at them at the Paris Auto Show if this car is as far along as many speculate.
I found this image from an independent artist that shows what the final production car might look like.
At last year’s VARAC festival, I saw Ron Kieley’s Ferrari Dino race car for the first time. In fact, it was the first time I’d ever seen any Dino race car. This year, I had the opportunity to meet Ron and learn bit more about his baby.
As a little kid, I was lucky to have an old man with expensive tastes and the means to pursue them. I was able to spend time cruising the Tyrol region in Dad’s red Ferrari 246 GT, otherwise known as a Dino. Those memories have stuck with me and I still love the shape and sound of a Dino.
Ferrari seems to have those same memories and apparently is commited to building a new entry level Ferrari, aimed at Porsche’s 911. The car will be a 2+2, V8 powered convertible/hardtop. I can’t wait. It’s just a shame that my kids won’t get to cruise a foreign country in one. Maybe we can arrange a road test to Collingwood!