This 1972 Dino 246 GTS has been restored and improved using the engine from a Ferrari F40.
Classic car collectors are an interesting bunch. They’re universally rich (they have to be when each car costs six figures or more) and they often treat each vehicle like a historical artifact, displaying them in garages like museum pieces and only driving them to special events.
Classic Ferrari collector David Lee had his fill of all that. He didn’t want to take his Ferrari to some grassy field once every few months. He wanted to drive it like it was meant to be driven. On top of that, he wanted a Ferrari that no one else in the world has.
So he bought a Dino.
To be clear, the Dino 246 GTS was still built by Ferrari, but it was never given the Ferrari nameplate. Instead, it was given the name Dino (after Enzo Ferrari’s son) and marketed as an entry-level Italian supercar to compete with the myriad Porsches that dominated the European sports car market in the ‘70s.
At the time, the Dino was considered underpowered. It’s 2.4-L V6 put down 192 horses, which was nothing compared to contemporary Ferraris and stacked up poorly with the Porsches it was meant to compete against. As such, it was and has always been considered an unpopular car.
Which made it the perfect target for Lee’s plan to create the most unique Ferrari ever built.
Step one was to toss the old 2.4-L V6 and replace it with an engine sourced from the legendary Ferrari F40. Normally, that was a 2.9-L twin-turbo unit, but Lee had it bored out to be 3.6-L and removed the turbos. This transformation removed 71 of the F40’s 471 hp, but 400 horses on a Dino is perfectly acceptable.
Step two was to modernize. The brakes are from Brembo, the suspension from Koni, and the transmission is from a Ferrari 328. The seats are custom designs, and even the knob shifter is new (even though it looks absolutely retro). Best of all, all the modernizations make this classic Ferrari the perfect daily driver.
Once all was said and done, Lee christened his new car the "Monza 3.6 Evo".
You can catch more of Lee’s unique Ferrari on his interview with Petrolicious.