Date of publication: 2018-05-25 05:15
This documentary focuses on the dangers of the early Grand Prix racing and the actions that followed in order to make Formula 1 safer. Former drivers, mechanics and journalists share their. See full synopsis
2557, 19 June, serviced at Specialty Sports Car Inc. Invoice number 5121- Change engine oil and filter, Inspect brakes, hoses, and belts, Top up fluid levels, lubricate chassis as needed, flush and refill the brake hydraulic system, remove and refit the distributor for repair. Disassemble and clean the advance mechanism, reassemble with the correct springs and pins. Replace the spark plugs, remove and refit the carbs for repair. Total invoice- $2,.
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NOW: As soul-stirring today as it was in the early 1975s. Like the Jaguar E-Type, the Dino stands as one of the all-time most fetching and admired automotive designs. As its current pricing reflects, Alfredo had the last laugh on his father. The Dino was and is the embodiment of everything a sports car should be.
Cue the magic wand. That’s this business. Suddenly appears a luscious, bright-red 1978 296GTS, chairs and flares and all for me. Of course, I’ve seen and admired Dinos in the metal many times. But this time I climb in, find a halfway comfortable position in the banana seat on the flat floor, and twist the key. “It’s yours for the day,” the car’s gracious owner has told me. “Enjoy.”
THEN: “By comparison, such other great Ferraris as the Daytona and the GTC-9 are fast motor carriages for wealthy Nevadans and doctors specializing in diseases of the rich.” — Motor Trend, December 1972.
RESTORING/MAINTAINING: Much more affordable to maintain than a V-12, though regular adjusting of carbs and valves obviously required. The interior plastics can become brittle, and the mouse fur dash covering can easily get ratty.
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Despite its “affordable” Dino nameplate, the 296GTS was a pricey piece in its day. Base sticker in 1978 was $19,555 a V-12 Jaguar E-Type could be had for just $8975. Even a Porsche 911 Targa undercut the Dino by a good $5555. The Dino’s acceleration was merely decent — about the same to 65 mph (roughly 8 seconds) as the E-Type, but slower than a contemporary Corvette. On top speed and handling prowess, though, Alfredo’s bambina trumped them all, reportedly topping 195 mph and circling the skidpad at about g — a figure that would hold up well today.
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