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Dino 196 S s/n 0776S

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Alfredo Ferrari – “Dino”

The Dino story started on 19 January 1932 when Enzo Ferrari’s wife, Laura, gave birth to their only child, Alfredino, who became known affectionately by the diminutive of his name “Dino”. Unfortunately he was not a strong child, suffering poor health with debilitating muscular dystrophy, eventually dying of nephritis when only 24 years old on 30 June 1956.

0776S History >>>

Despite his constantly deteriorating health he worked at the Ferrari factory on various projects, one of the last of which is reputed to have been on a V6 engine design with the talented engineer Vittorio Jano. Thus when the engine was eventually built in 1957, Enzo Ferrari dedicated the type and its V8 derivatives to the memory of his son, and they became known as Dino engines, with Dino script on the cam covers in the style of his son’s signature, although the cars that they were installed in wore Ferrari badges. In 1958 the V6 Dino engine powered the Ferrari F1 cars to the first Manufacturers’ Championship, with team driver Mike Hawthorn taking the drivers’ title, the first British driver to achieve this feat, although unfortunately he lost his life in a road accident a little over three months later.

The First Dino Engined Sports Cars
The first Ferrari sports racing car to be fitted with a V6 Dino engine was a 2.0 litre quad cam model built on chassis # 0740 in 1958, followed by a 2.9 litre variant on chassis # 0746, a month later. Both these cars were left hand drive and had 65 degree V6 engines, similar in overall layout to the first 1.5 litre F2 Dino engine that had made its race debut in early 1957. The 2.0 litre car made its race debut at Goodwood, England, in April 1958, where Peter Collins finished 2nd in the Sussex Trophy race. The second example, with the 3.0 litre engine, also made its race debut in England, this time at Silverstone in May 1958, where Mike Hawthorn finished 3rd in the sports car support race to the F1 Daily Express Trophy, which was won by Peter Collins in a Dino 246 F1 model. The latter car was later fitted with a V12 250 Test Rossa engine, and enjoyed success in the Bahamas and USA in the hands of the Rodriguez brothers, and later in the hands of George Constantine.
The next phase in the Dino engined sports racing car story was in March 1959, when a single cam per bank 2.0 litre, 60 degree version of the V6 engine was fitted into what is believed was the original chassis # 0740. In its new form the car featured some revisions to the Scaglietti bodywork and disc brakes, but by the time it made its first race appearance the body had been changed again, as it was now virtually identical to the Pinin Farina design on the 1959 Testa Rossa.
It won its first race, the Coppa Sant’Ambroeus, at Monza on 03 May 1959, driven by Giulio Cabianca, but thereafter its racing glory disappeared, with retirements for a variety of reasons. The only redemption came in its final known competition appearance, at the Auto Club Genova organised, Pontedecimo – Giovi hillclimb on 20 September 1959, where Giorgio Scarlatti finished 2nd overall. At the end of 1959 #0740 disappeared being most probably being returned to the factory and “parted out”. #0746 became a 250 TR.

The Production Cars
Three Sister Cars.
Late in 1959 the 1960 versions of the Dino sports racing model went into production. They were virtually identical to the final version of the earlier car, but now featured right hand drive making their visual similarity to the concurrent 250 Testa Rossa even greater.

The similarity was so great, that the only easy way to tell the difference was to count the number of intake trumpets under the Plexiglass intake on the hood. Three examples were constructed, all featuring Fantuzzi built bodies, chassis numbers, 0776, 0778 and 0784.

The last of these, # 0784, was subsequently re-bodied in the early sixties, in a style similar to that then being employed on the last of the front engine Testa Rossa models, albeit without the nostril nose configuration.

Right from the first appearance of this series of Dinos there has been confusion and controversy as to what was the real size of engine that they were running in any particular race, with even talk of the old 4 cam unit being run on occasion. This is likely to be an enduring mystery and open to conjecture for many years to come, but according to factory build sheets, chassis # 0776 was constructed as a 196 S (2 litre) model

#0776 – The Rodriguez Car - Nassau December 1959
Chassis # 0776 was the first of the series to appear in competition, when it was entered by NART and driven by Ricardo Rodriguez in the Bahamas in December 1959, recording a 2nd, 4th and a DNS in the three races entered. Chassis # 0778 made its debut as a Ferrari works entry just over a month later in Buenos Aires, where it was driven by Froilan Gonzales and Ludovico Scarfiotti, but it retired with reported ignition problems.

As a result of rule changes for 1960 the screen height was raised on the car. For the Sebring 12 hours in March 1960 Pedro and Ricardo shared the car but unfortunately retired from the race due to mechanical failure.

#0776 – Sebring 12 Hours March 1960

Next the car appeared at the Targa Florio in May 1960 alongside both its sister cars. This race was to provide these Dino sports racing models with their greatest success in a major international event, where despite some contact with the scenery, Phil Hill/ Wolfgang von Trips finished 2nd overall in chassis # 0784, with Scarfiotti/Mairesse/Cabianca bringing chassis # 0778 home 4th, and the NART entered chassis # 0776, driven by Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez finished 7th, despite having had frequent contact with immovable objects and being rolled!

#0776 – Nurburgring 1000 kms May 1960
Just 2 weeks after the Targa Florio #0776 was already repaired and back on track, again being piloted by the Rodriguez brothers at the Nurburgring 1000 kms.

#0776 – 1961/62 Race Seasons
For the 1961 Season NART retained the car and it was driven in two events by Helborn, Fulp and Hudson. The car won its class at the Sebring 12 hours. The car also competed in the Canadian GP at Mosport where it placed second in class.
In 1962 the car was purchased and campaigned by T. Obrien, a well known NART privateer.

Known Competition History of 196 S - # 0776
Date Event Driver(s) Race # Result
Governor’s Trophy R. Rodriguez #9 - 4th
04.12.59 Governor’s Trophy R. Rodriguez #9 - 2nd
05.12.59 Nassau Trophy R. Rodriguez #9 - DNS
26.03.60 12 Hours of Sebring R. Rodriguez/ #28 - DNF P. Rodriguez
08.05.60 Targa Florio R. Rodriguez/ #172 - 7th P. Rodriguez
22.05.60 Nurburgring 1000km R. Rodriguez/ # 27 - DNF P. Rodriguez
25.03.61 12 Hours of Sebring W. Helborn/J. Fulp/ # 37 - 1st in Cl. S. Hudson 01.10.61 Canadian G.P. J. “Buck” Fulp # 3 - 6th O/A 2nd Cl. Mosport
03.06.62 Bridgehampton T. O’Brien # 22 - 7th O/A 2nd Cl.
30.06.62 Lime Rock T. O’Brien # 22 - 6th O/A 2nd Cl.
03.11.62 Vineland T. O’Brien 6th O/A 3rd Cl.

#0776 – 1966 to 1978 – The Rob Walker Years

In 1966, #0776 was purchased by Rob Walker. Walker was, and still is, one of the best known privateer Formula 1 team owners and managers. To this day he is the last privateer to have one of his cars win a Grand Prix. In 1962 Ricardo Rodriguez had signed to drive Rob Walker's Lotus 24 for the Mexican Grand Prix, but died tragically during the first day of practice, when the Lotus' rear right suspension failed at the fearsome Peraltada turn, and it hit the barriers killing him instantly. He was 20 years old and his death provoked national mourning in Mexico.

#0776 was restored and fitted with body coloured headlamp covers and was road registered with Rob Walker's registration, “RRW 1”, which it retains to this day. He kept the car for 12 years and was well known for using the car on the road; justifying that this car can be raced, rallied and even used casually on the road.

#0776 – Contemporary Ownership and Race History
In later years the ownership of this highly important motorcar reads like the who’s who of the worlds best car collections. Famous names including Luchini, Manolas, Cowdray and Bamford to name but a few. Previous owners have enjoyed the car in all sorts of environments including road use, rally use and endurance race use. The car is highly eligible and in most recent years has participated regularly at events such as the Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival.

#0776 – 2013 presented in ‘59 Nassau Specification

#0776 – The Opportunity
One of just two surviving Fantuzzi 196/246 Dinos
Highly Eligible and Competitive
Significant Period International Race History
Original Body work
Original 196 (fitted) & 246 Engines (Unassembled) included
Matching Numbers Gearbox & Axle
Un-questionable provenance
“On the Button”

Technical Specification

Model Type

196 S

Chassis Type


Engine Type


Engine Layout

SOHC per bank 60deg V6

Engine Size


Bore & Stroke

77mm x 71mm


3 x Weber 42 DCN Carburettors

Ignition distributor

Marelli SB 170 DTEM


Marelli SD 88 C

Max Power

195bhp @7800rpm

Gearbox Type

534/657, 5 Speed + Reverse

Rear Axle Type


Body Type

Sport Spider Fantuzzi



Front Track


Rear Track


Front Wheels/Tyres

Borrani RW 3560/5.50L x 15”

Rear wheels/Tyres

Borrani RW 3391/6.00L x 15”


Right Hand Drive


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Ferrari Dino 196 S s/n 0776
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