Check Out This Gathering of Ferrari Dinos on the Iconic Model's 50th Anniversary - Maxim

Check Out This Gathering of Ferrari Dinos on the Iconic Model's 50th Anniversary

More than 150 returned to the company's Maranello headquarters for the homecoming.
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Ferrari's enthusiastic tifosi have finally embraced the Prancing Horse's V6 model, the Dino, after a half-century of holding Ferrari's original non-V12, mid-engine sports car at arm's length.

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But now that the Ferrari Dino has reached its 50th birthday, the company hosted a gathering of the cars at its Maranello headquarters, and more than 150 of the cars returned for the homecoming.

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Following a gathering of the cars in front of the Ferrari Museum, they adjourned to the company's private test track at Fiorano for some parade laps.

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The Dino prototype debuted at the 1965 Frankfurt Motor Show, powered by a 195-horsepower 2.0-liter V6 engine designed by Enzo Ferrari's son, Dino.

Here's more on the history of the initially controversial model, from Ferrari:

The model met some resistance amongst purists to begin with as it was not considered a ‘real’ Ferrari, but opinions soon changed once clients got the chance to see it close up and drive it. The small-engined Ferrari (relative to other models in the range at the time) came about due to regulations in Formula 2 monoposto racing for 1967, requiring that engines in racing cars had to be production-based, and produced in quantities of no fewer than 500 units a year.

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The car launched as a production model in 1967, but because 2017 marked Ferrari's 70th anniversary, the company postponed the Dino celebration until this year.

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The original Dino was designated the 206 GT and it was followed in 1969 by the 2.4-liter 246 GT, which continued until 1974. As for the name Dino, Ferrari explains:

The Dino name was first used on Ferrari cars with V engines in the late fifties, on Formula 1 and sports-racing models. It was the Christian name of the son of Enzo Ferrari, who had died in 1956, and was used in his memory as he was working on a V-engine project prior to his death. This was the first model to carry a Dino badge on the nose instead of a Ferrari one. 

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While some people have been skeptical of six-cylinder Ferraris, the Dino paved the way for the eight-cylinder 308 GTB, launching a line that continues today as the 488 GTB.

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