This modified Dino would probably get Enzo Ferrari’s badge of approval too.
The Dino was originally introduced as an entry-level Ferrari back in 1968. Bearing Enzo’s son’s name, it was offered with 178-hp 2.0-liter and later, 192-hp 2.4-liter V6 powerplants. Not wanting to dilute the brand, Enzo decided not to have any Ferrari badging on the cars at all.
So while they looked, sounded and handled like a contemporary Ferrari, they didn’t have the power to go like one. Well-known Ferrari collector David Lee decided to rectify that issue and commissioned his own Dino restomod. We have seen it before in some detail but such a stunning machine is always worth a second look, especially when Petrolicious covers it.
Instead of just slotting in a turbocharged modern motor, the engine he chose is a bored-out Ferrari V8 from the iconic F40. Displacing 3.6-liters, up from the original 2.9, it makes do without the twin turbos in this application but power levels are still at around 400 hp.
David says the performance is superb, thanks to the light body weight and that increased capacity. Koni adjustable suspension, Brembo brakes, and awesome 17-inch wheels under widened arches all help the Dino cope with the additional power.
There are a number of other Ferrari-sourced components too, such as a 5-speed gearbox from a Ferrari 328 and twin-radiators out of an F40 (He must have had a crashed F40 lying around).
The curved headlight covers and see-through engine cover are subtle design changes that enhance the look of the car and that rear engine cover allows you a glimpse of the eight velocity stacks on top of that F40 V8.
The interior looks close to the intended design of the original car but has clearly been recovered in new materials, the red leather contrasting nicely with the deep black exterior. Lee says the car started off life as a 1970 Dino 246 GTS but after the comprehensive conversion, he has renamed it the Monza 3.6 Evo.
As with all his cars, he enjoys driving them and he loves the fact that he can drive a car that looks like a classic but feels like a new one and he doesn’t have to worry about the reliability issues that usually go along with an old car. Aside from the engine block and brake calipers, there are no Ferrari badges either, although it would certainly deserve one now.