The Dino Ferrari was named after Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredino who had died in 1956 at 24. Prior to his death Alfredino was highly involved in the development and design of a new series of small and medium capacity V6 racing engines. This design was quite radical at the time since it was a “mid-engine” placement vs. front or rear placement of the engine. It also was launched with a transversely mounted engine just ahead of the rear axle. This enables the handling and maneuverability of the car to be quite amazing.
Designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, these exquisite cars earned their reputation as a superb driver’s car. Being mid engine with such a flexible power unit, an uncomplicated tubular chassis, independent suspension and a comfortable driver’s cockpit they proved to be very quick and a joy to drive.