• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

    Dino 264GT is a midship sports car had been sold by Ferrari and was equipped with a 2.4-liter V-type 6-cylinder engine.

    DINO 264 GT

     

    The above picture is Dino 246 GT of die cast miniature car toy “Tomica Premium” which was released by TOMY COMPANY,LTD on June 15, 2019 in Japan.

     

     

    Dino 264GT is a sports car had been manufactured by Ferrari and was sold under the Dino brand because it was equipped with a V-type 6-cylinder engine.

    It features a compact body and beautiful design, and is still highly popular.

     

     

    DINO 264 GT FRONT VIEWThis miniature car toy uses clear resin for the distinctive round head lights.

    In addition, Dino’s emblem attached to the hood is reproduced at a level that can be recognized barely.

     

    The large corner bumpers installed at the grill opening are reproduced quite accurately by the shape of die casting.

    In addition, the finish of silver paint is also polite, and the atmosphere of mirror finish comes out.

     

     

    DINO 264 GT SIDE VIEWDino 246 GT is a substantive successor to Dino 206 GT, which was developed to obtain the F2 engine homologation.

    The wheel of 246 GT was the same as 206 GT, but the shape of the center lock was different.

    This die-cast miniature car toy accurately reproduces the wheel shape of 246 GT.

     

    Dino 246 GT can be divided into three types, Tipo L, Tipo M, and Tipo E, depending on the release term.

    At Tipo L of the early version, the headrest was mounted on the rear bulkhead same as 206 GT.

    However, the headrest of this miniature car is the usual seat mount.

    In addition, the front corner bumper bited into the grill opening until Tipo M of the middle version.

    This miniature car seems to reproduce Tipo E of the final version which had sold most, as its corner bumper doesn’t bite into the grill opening.

     

     

    DINO 264 GT REAR VIEWThis miniature car toy reproduces quite accurately the beautiful rear view of 246 GT, which slowly descends from the cabin.

    Unlike headlights, the rear combination lamp is painted.

    However, the stop lamp and the turn signal lamp is painted in red and orange separately.

    The silver emblem of “Dino gt” mounted on the side of the rear combination lamp on the right is reproduced to the level that can be recognized.

     

    As with the front part, the corner bumpers installed on the rear bumper also have a good finish.

    Moreover, the shape of the dual mufflers which come out from the left and right is reproduced quite three-dimensionally by the under parts.

    Furthermore, since it is painted in silver color of metal tone different from a corner bumper, a realistic atmosphere is enhanced.

     

     

    The scale of this die-cast miniature car toy is 1/61, and the actual size is about 70 mm.

    DINO 264 GT SCALE

     

     

    【About actual DINO 206 GT / 246 GT】

     

    Dino 206 GT and 246 GT are midship sports cars had been manufactured by Ferrari under the Dino brand.

     

     

    (1) Dino 206 GT (1967-1969)

     

    Dino 206 GT appeared in 1967 as the Ferrari’s first midship mass-produced car.

    The brand of Dino comes from the nickname of Alfredo Ferrari, son of Enzo Ferrari, who died at the age of 24 in 1956.

     

    Dino 206 GT was equipped with the 2.0-liter 65-degree V-type 6-cylinder DOHC engine to secure the number needed to obtain F2 engine homologation at the time.

    The engine was designed by Ferrari and manufactured with the cooperation of Fiat, and it is said that Alfredo gave an idea.

    Ferrari was able to clear the engine homologation by installing the 2.0-liter 65-degree V-type engine to Fiat’s Dino Spider and Dino Coupe in addition to Dino 206 GT.

     

    Enzo Ferrari adopted the Dino brand to distinguish it from Ferrari cars with a V-type 12-cylinder engine.

    Dino is Ferrari’s only commercially available cars with a V-type 6-cylinder engine and is the origin of the current Ferrari cars with a V-type 8-cylinder engine.

     

    Dino 206 GT adopted an aluminum body.

    As it was aimed at acquiring engine homologation, only 152 units were produced.

     

     

    (2) Dino 246 GT (1969-1974)

     

    Unlike 206 GT for obtaining homologation, Dino 246 GT was developed by Ferrari as a more practical sports car.

    The engine displacement was increased to 2.4-liter to counterwork to the rival Porsche 911.

    Meanwhile, the body was made of steel to reduce costs, and the cylinder block of the engine was also changed from aluminum to cast iron.

     

    Dino 246 GT is divided into three types according to the change of detail during the production period.

     

    [1] Tipo L

    Tipo L was manufactured 357 units from February 1969 to 1970.

    In appearance, it is a model with much in common with Dino 206 GT.

     

    [2] Tipo M

    Tipo M was manufactured 506 units at the beginning of 1971.

    Several details was changed, such as changing the back lamp mounted on the rear bumper from 2 units to 1 unit.

     

    [3] Tipo E

    Tipo E was manufactured 2,898 units from the beginning of 1971 to June 1974.

    Further changes based on Tipo M was carried out , such as the body panel was made by the large press.

    In 1972, Dino 246 GTS  of the targa Top was added.

     

     

     

    ■ Specifications of DINO 246 GT

    [Overall length] 4,230 mm

    [Overall width] 1,702 mm

    [Overall height] 1, 110 mm

    [Vehicle weight] 1,080 kg

    [Drive method] MR

    [Engine] 2.0-liter 65-degrees V-type 6-cylinder DOHC

    [Maximum output] 195PS / 7, 600rpm

    [Maximum torque] 23.0 kgm / 5500 rpm

    [Transmission] 5 MT