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It was in the racing world of the 1950s that Ferrari, an emerging brand founded in 1947, boldly challenged powerful players such as Mercedes Benz, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Maserati.
Ferrari has always been famous for its 12-cylinder machines, but in the 1950s, a racing car equipped with a V6 engine that was exactly half that size appeared. This is the so-called Dino unit.
Alfredo, the eldest son of Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the brand, worked as an engineer at Ferrari. However, he died suddenly of illness in 1956. To mourn his death, Enzo named the V6 engine "Dino" (Enzo was also an alfredo, so he was called alfredino in the sense of "little alfredo," or Dino in shortened form.). It is said that Alfredo had the idea for the V6 engine before he died, and after his death, Vittorio Jano brought it to fruition. Later, the V6 engine was also installed in a production midship car, which was famously decorated with the emblem of Dino, not Ferrari. I think Alfredo was an expression of his father's love that he could have become as important as himself.
The Dino V6, which was initially installed in formula cars, was also installed in front-engine racing cars due to its good weight balance. A representative example is the Ferrari Dino 196S produced in 1959, which still attracts the eyes of many Ferrari enthusiasts with its fantucci-designed Barchetta body, similar to that of the 12-cylinder Testarossa machine.
Only three units were produced.
|Jun Nishikawa's Highlights!|
There were only three Dino 196S's produced. The chassis numbers are #0776, #0778, and #0784, and these models, if they were to be sold, would easily exceed one billion yen.
A "well-made" replica comes into play when you want to enjoy that atmosphere in conditions that are as close to the real thing as possible. To tell the truth, it is not difficult to reproduce vintage racers, not just Ferrari, as long as you have the skills to manufacture racing cars. In the 80's and 90's, when many retired engineers from Ferrari were still alive, it was even possible to find a mold of the body and use it as a base to make an exact replica using genuine parts.
This car is also a very well built replica, both in frame and body. The engine is a 2400cc Dino V6, which was probably adapted from a Fiat Dino Spyder. The overall atmosphere of the car is good, and driving it around the circuit with the sound of explosions will be an exciting experience, just like the real thing.
It should be ridden by people who understand that. It is a replica of a well-made famous racer.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Junichi Okumura
Published on October 2021
|Year of Purchase||Jul 2012|