View Poll Results: Which Ferrari holds a special place in your mind?

Voters
64. You may not vote on this poll
  • 246 Dino

    23 35.94%
  • 328 GTS

    41 64.06%
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16

Thread: Ferrari 246 Dino v 328 GTS

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Posts: 30,245
    Posts
    7,352

    Ferrari 246 Dino v 328 GTS

    Everyone has a car that impressed them as a kid. Perhaps you have ended up owning your dream, but like as not it has remained a pure flight of fancy. That could well be the best thing - drive one now and the whole illusion could be shattered.



    the Dino 246. It was never even a full-bloodied Ferrari, but a poor-manís six-cylinder model in a world of Ferrari V12s. It was aimed squarely at Porscheís successful 911 and, as a homage to Enzoís son, it was bereft of Ferrari badging and merely called the Dino. It is arguably, however, the most beautiful Ferrari ever built. The proportions are as perfect as you can get, with flowing lines that are as organic as you can achieve in a car. Designer Pininfarina has still yet to match it, even though heís come close on occasions.



    Ferrari rentacar
    The key problems with Dinos are that first, they are bloody expensive and second, most people are scared witless at the thought of anything going wrong. Costing around £7,000 new in 1970, optimistic dealers are now asking as much as ten times that. Italian cars of that vintage were far from perfect and Ferraris were little different. If it goes wrong you can be sure it will mean deep pockets are needed to put it right. I can, though, talk myself around these problems. Dinos donít fetch silly money at auctions, and even private sellers have to be realistic if they truly want to sell. I know two nice examples that have been bought for under £40k this year. Ferrari 246 Dino


    OK, thatís still big money, but the depreciation shouldnít be a significant problem if you buy well. The quality of the car you select is more of an issue, especially if you buy at auction. But at least the rust side of the question should have been sorted out by now. And so it was that I visited Parc Ferme in Egham, near Heathrow, (www.parc-ferme.co.uk) to see if the Dino could live up to expectations. Philip and Sharon Moir run the company and they have a dozen rather special classic cars tucked away for loan to club members. The concept is that you pay between two and three thousand pounds annually to gain access to these cars for a set number of days each year. Dino dials


    Itís not an orignal concept, but the quality of the cars on offer, plus the small membership Ė 60 maximum Ė means that itís a system that promises high levels of pleasure. To make things even more interesting, we are taking out Parc Fermeís Ferrari 328 GTS. More modern than the Dino, but now cheaper to buy, it will make an interesting comparison. Thereís a bit to learn before setting off. Second gear is off limits until the oil has warmed up, so itís a flick from first to third initially. The interior door handle is a slot so tiny you can only get your finger in Ė pull the more obvious door pocket and it wonít stay in place for long. The Dinoís on carburettors, so a couple of pumps on the throttle are needed when cold, but it springs into life instantly.

    On the road
    This is a seminal moment. The burble from the 2.4-litre V6 is unmistakably a Ferrari, even though it has fewer cylinders than it most. It is also fiendishly uncomfortable, at least for my frame. The classic low-backed bucket seats provide about as much lumbar support as a deck chair, and thereís that Italianate driving position that forces your legs to be hunched if you have any hope of reaching the steering wheel. Itís all slightly awe-inspiring, particularly as a lot of the front of the Dino is out of sight from the driverís seat. But the steering is light enough despite no power assistance and the brakes sharp. I have this theory that if a car is easy to drive (or a new album sounds great the first time you listen to it) then you will tire of it more quickly than if you have to struggle initially.



    So the fact the Dino is no pushover is actually rather welcome and over the next hour thereís the opportunity to get to grips with the way it drives and gradually explore the boundaries. The big surprise is that, 25 years down the line, this still feels like a quick car. 195bhp isnít massive these days, but the combination of minimal kerb weight and absurdly low gearing helps the Dino cover ground at a pleasing rate. Certainly your friends in the passenger seat will be impressed, even before they delight at the wail of the V6 at full revs. The steering is precise and while no one in their right mind is going to explore the handling limitations of an old Dino, thereís plenty of grip and the feeling that this car has real pedigree.

    32-Great
    Switch to the 328 GTS and the fifteen-year age gap feels like much more. The later Ferrari feels far more modern - luxurious inside with the acres of cream leather, stronger performance and an altogether easier drive. The 328 may be aged next to the latest F430 but it doesnít feel old. Well, not very. The roof on this GTS version lifts out easily and can be tucked behind the rear seats to give the full-fresh-air effect. Taller drivers will find this essential as the seating position is relatively high and headroom limited with the roof in place. The 328 ticks all the right boxes. It looks right, thereís a 270bhp V8 which means there is no argument about the performance and it sounds as good as the Dino, in a different way. Ferrari 328GTS



    The gearshift does the essential Ferrari click-clack as it moves across the aluminium gate, and people look at you as you drive past. But not nearly as much as they do in the Dino. Itís the real head turner, the proportions and lines so obviously spot on that Pininfarina had an impossible job to better it next time around. Jump back into the older Ferrari and it immediately feels more focussed as a driverís car. Less forgiving certainly, but lower, more racy, more Ferrari.


    Verdict
    So no misgivings, no disappointments about my childhood dream. I knew a good hot hatchback had the potential to make mincemeat of the Dino, but I learned that it doesnít matter one bit. The Dino is plenty fast enough, charismatic to drive and still achingly beautiful. Iíd love one in my garage just to stare at it. But Parc Ferme membership makes such financial sense itís the immediate answer. Iíll even get to drive an E-Type, another gap in my repertoire.

    courtesy of MSN cars
    Last edited by Cotterik; 07-28-2005 at 07:52 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Western Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    11,112
    dino = sex on wheels

    damned beauty
    Weekly Quote -

    Dick

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Posts: 30,245
    Posts
    7,352
    Dino:
    Attached Images Attached Images

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Posts: 30,245
    Posts
    7,352
    328 Gts
    Attached Images Attached Images

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Anderson Indiana
    Posts
    820
    I've always like the Dino's looks but it can't really run with the big Ferraris. But I imagine its still plenty fun and, really, anything over 140 or so is wasted on the roads anyway.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    9,466
    Well I've had a good ride around a race track in a Dino (replica mind you but it had a real Dino engine), and the engine sounds like HELL ON EARTH. It is just an incredible sound. I recorded it on my phone while I was going down the straight, I'll send it on to the PC sometime....

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Brickland.
    Posts
    1,854
    DINO all the way to kingdomcome!!

    the 328 middle-ish
    There is 3 people on a boat with loads of children running around it, the 3 people are: 1. Bob geldof, 2. Ozzy Osbourne, and 3. Micheal jackson, they're sailing out for the G8 live aid, they've hit a rock and they're sinking, bob says: "save the children!" ozzy says: "Fuc the children!"

    Micheal says "have we got time?"

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Porto - Portugal
    Posts
    5,595
    Some recent pics of the most perfect Dino I've ever seen.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Money can't buy you friends, but you do get a better class of enemy.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Porto - Portugal
    Posts
    5,595
    The last two.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Money can't buy you friends, but you do get a better class of enemy.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    UNI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Posts
    10,648
    i know a guy with a 328 GTS and its very nice to go in



    never been in a dino so erm....

    ach both
    Cedric - I sound like a chipmunk on there. Some friends of mine were like, "were you going through puberty?" I was like, no I was already 20, I just sound like a girl.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Milwaukee
    Posts
    6,544
    Dino. I just can't say more.
    TOYNBEE IDEA IN KUBRICK 2001 RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPITER

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    2

    love em both but...

    i gotta go with the 328. like the dino the 328 wears well with time with an added exotic aggressiveness that creates a wonderful mystique behind the ferrari name. the dino looks sexy but the 328 just catches my eyes more.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    1,331
    The Dino is stunning and a lot of fun to drive. However, because of the 65 degree V6 it vibrates like an SOB you'll need to take two asprin and a nap. The 328 is vibration free (it has other problems) and is a little nicer to drive day to day. Also, a perfect Dino will run you just shy of 200K, while a perfect 328 will cost 60k at most.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    True North
    Posts
    7,682
    I don't really like either to be honest...

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Porto - Portugal
    Posts
    5,595
    Quote Originally Posted by The_Canuck View Post
    I don't really like either to be honest...
    Not a surprise at all.
    Money can't buy you friends, but you do get a better class of enemy.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. 1:18th Scale Die-Cast Models
    By Porsche959 in forum Model cars
    Replies: 417
    Last Post: 04-04-2018, 07:13 AM
  2. Really useful performance listings...
    By Egg Nog in forum Technical forums
    Replies: 58
    Last Post: 06-20-2013, 10:45 PM
  3. My new list of Ferrari Pictures
    By DarkPhenix in forum Miscellaneous
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 03-29-2007, 05:21 PM
  4. Ferrari Dino 246 GT
    By lfb666 in forum Classic cars
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 04-18-2004, 10:21 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •