50 years of the Ferrari Dino

by staff writer JP

In the summer of 2018, more than 150 Dinos from all over the world flocked to Maranello and Ferrari to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the road debut of the first production car

The Dino, one of the world’s best-loved and biggest selling Ferraris, had a rather long gestation. Named in honour of Alfredo Ferrari, affectionately known as Alfredino ‘Little Alfredo’ by his father Enzo. Dino designed the six-cylinder engine that was fitted in the car.

The saloon body was first presented as a prototype at the Paris Motor Show in October 1965. A year later it went on display at the Turin Motor Show but was only officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1967.

Thus, the car’s 50th anniversary should really have been marked in 2017, but any commemorative event would have been overshadowed by the Ferrari 70th anniversary celebrations. Hence the decision to celebrate the half-century of another special event, the road debut of the first model in March 1968.

Cars arrived in the forecourt of the Maranello Museum and then headed to the Fiorano track, where they cars paraded all together. Afterwards the Dinos drove into the factory where the drivers and passengers were given a special tour.

At the end of the afternoon, the memorable day closed with the traditional drive one car at a time, under the arch of the historical entrance on Via Abetone Inferiore. This spectacular parade naturally attracted many fans of this much-loved Ferrari.