Classic & Sports Car 2/2013
Dino Compendium - Favourite Book 2012
The Prancing Horse #184, Q3/2012 (Book reviews)
Dino Compendium
by Matthias Bartz 10“ x 13“, hardcover, 396 pages, 711 illustrations and images, ISBN: 978-3-9814351-1-5. Published in 2011 by Matthias Bartz, 192.50 euros for book, shipping and Pen Pal fee at
  Husband Tom and I have owned the same Dino for over 30 years, so I`m quite familiar with the model as an owner and as the former Director of Concours for the Pacific Region. This book, written by Matthias Bartz as a labor of love, is an incredible source of technical information, presenting a detailed guide to the Dino 206 GT, 246 GT and 246 GTS models. In 16 chapters, it documents the differences between each series, highlights their features and analyses the unique design features. Presented in a slipcase, it`s also a work of art as it`s elaborately produced in five-color printing with 711 beautiful illustrations and images.
  It`s as complete a history of any automobile I`ve ever read, leaving no stone unturned about the first mid-engined road car produced by Ferrari. It includes serial number lists, original factory drawings, assembly sheets, schematics, detailed descriptions of tool kits, even factory key fobs and more. Another interesting feature is the color chart showing all the years and number of cars produced in each color. If you have any questions about original equipment, factory or dealer options or just any questions concerning the Dino, this exhaustively researched book has the answers.
  As a long time Dino owner, I found few discrepancies in the almost 400 pages. If there`s something unoriginal in a contemporary photo, the author explains it in the text. Despite knowing the Dino quite well, it will be a continuing guide for me as it`s most informative and incredibly comprehensive.
  This is a fantastic reference work on the Dino and a must have for any Dino owner. In fact, it`s good enough to be offered as an addition to any Dino being offered for sale. If you like the Dino, consider buying a copy of this limited production special book on a special car in the Ferrari model lineup. Oh, you`ll need a sturdy coffee table for this seven-pound book.  – Tish Thinesen –

Foto: Jason Dodd
Barkaways 9/2012
Barkaways Welcomes Matthias Bartz
We were privileged to have Matthias Bartz join us at our workshop to offer a number of invited Dino owners an informal but enlightening talk on all things Dino. Matthias knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the subject seems unsurpassable and was certainly contagious. His highly acclaimed book, The Dino Compendium provided a great talking point of the day and Matthias was happy to sign owners copies, be shown round their cars and chat to everyone in a relaxed atmosphere. As has become tradition at our events, pies and sausage rolls crafted by Ians cousin Chris Barkaway from Faversham went down a treat. Many thanks to Matthias Bartz for so willingly sharing his insights and knowledge and all those that joined us to make yet another memorable and enjoyable day at our workshop. A picture-review you'll find here: >>>
Octane 4/2012
WE`RE USED TO run-of-the-mill buyer`s guides but this is something else entirely. It`s beautifully realised, with production values befitting the subject matter, but of course all of this comes at a cost. The thing is, the more you look at it, the more you wonder how Bartz actually managed to produce it for the asking price. The narrative kicks off with the genesis of Ferrari`s stand-alone brand, and for once a book on Dinos bothers to namecheck the often unheralded artisans who shaped it – namely Aldo Brovarone and Leonardo Fioravanti. It then provides a generous breakdown of everything from chassis plates to assembly sheets, window cloths to factory key fobs. There are also several lovely archive pics and fantastic studio shots; commendably, none of the cars featured is bedecked with Prancing Horse logos. This really is a superb – and stylish – effort and beyond comprehensive. It`s presented in a slipcase and you can get your copy from
Classic & Sports Car 3/2012
DINO COMPENDIUM - Book of the month
The dedication of some owners to favourite cars never ceases to amaze us, and this magnificent book by passionate Dino enthusiast Matthias Bartz is a remarkable piece of work. Since his teenage years, this German Ferrari fan researched the mid-engined, Pininfarina-styled beauty as he saved to buy his first 246 GTS in the late ´90s. Now his extensive knowledge has been channelled into this 394-page book, with 16 chapters covering everything from design and development of both 206 and 246. The English text is complemented by a wealth of photographs, including superb studio sets of mint survivors featuring inspired colour choices – such as the rarely seen Verde Germoglio. Racing history, designer biographies, prototypes, factory literature and a full list of chassis numbers are all covered. Designed by the author, and beautifully printed in Germany, this is a lesson in how to produce a one-model book. If – like us – you love Dinos, this superb work is a must-have. MW €160 Matthias Bartz, Verlag Matthias Bartz, ISBN 978 3 981 4351 1 5 (to order, see
27th January 2012, Leonardo Fioravanti, Italy
It is a magnificent book. It is a really excellent work and I think it will be an obligatory reference model for whom in the future will write a book dedicated to a single car.
26th January 2012, Marcel Massini, Ferrari Historian, Switzerland
Dear Matthias, among the 2'500 Ferrari books that I have in my library, the new Dino Compendium authored by Matthias Bartz is one of the top five Ferrari books ever published. This is by far the most comprehensive and painstakingly researched publication about the lovely Dino 206s and 246s, one of the best looking automobiles ever. Seriously researched and beautifully documented the Dino Compendium is a MUST HAVE in everbody's car library. And naturally all Dino 206/246 owners should have at least two copies as well, one in their bedroom and one in the garage..
Januar 2012, Aldo Brovarone