1961 Ferrari 246 SP

The 246 SP caused uproar when it was unveiled at a special press conference in 1961 as it was the very first mid-engined Ferrari.

The new mechanical layout was cloaked in highly innovative bodywork – developed as a result of Carlo Chiti’s wind tunnel tests – with a very low bonnet line.

The new car’s first victory came the same year on the very difficult Piccole Madonie Circuit where Olivier Gendebien won the Targa Florio.

Ferrari 246 SP Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 1961

type rear, longitudinal 65° V6
bore/stroke 85 x 71 mm
unitary displacement 402.88 cc
total displacement 2417.33 cc
compression ratio 9.8 : 1
maximum power 199 kW (270 hp) at 8000 rpm
power per litre 112 hp/l
maximum torque
valve actuation twin overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
fuel feed three Weber 42 DCN carburettors
ignition single spark plug per cylinder, two coils
lubrication dry sump
clutch multi-plate
frame tubular steel
front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
rear suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers
brakes discs
transmission 5-speed + reverse
steering rack-and-pinion
fuel tank capacity 115 litres
front tyres 5.50 x 15
rear tyres 6.50 x 15
type two-seater spider
length 4060 mm
width 1480 mm
height 1050 mm
wheelbase 2320 mm
front track 1200 mm
rear track 1200 mm
weight 590 kg (dry)
top speed 270 km/h
acceleration 0-100 km/h
0-400 m
0-1000 m

Ferrari 246 SP Valuations