1970 Fiat Dino 2400 Spider s/n 135BS0001219 Silver with Red Interior The story of the Fiat Dino begins, like those of most of Italy's great cars, with the engine. An all-aluminum 2 liter quad cam V6 derived from the Dino 196 race car engine was converted for road use by Aurelio Lampredi (who also designed early Ferrari V12 motors), and placed into volume production in order to homologate the motor for racing use in Formula 2. 500 units needed to be produced and Ferrari knew they would not be able to produce or sell so many cars during this period, so the motors were employed in a new flagship Fiat Dino, in addition to the Ferrari 206 Dino. The Fiat Dino was available in closed or open form, bodied by Bertone and Pininfarina respectively. 24% of the Dinos produced were Spiders while the remaining cars were coupes. For many years, the cars were under appreciated and otherwise overlooked by the collector community, in large part because of their Fiat badging. The fact of the matter is that they were and remain technically sophisticated, spirited Italian cars with attractive bodywork by Italy's best known designers, and an exceptional Ferrari engine. The Dino was developed over its pro
1968 Fiat Dino Spider s/n 135AS0000715 French Blue with Black Interior The story of the Fiat Dino begins, like those of most of Italy’s great cars, with the engine. A 2 liter quad cam V6 derived from the Dino 196 race car engine was converted for road use by Aurelio Lampredi (who also designed early Ferrari V12 motors), and placed into volume production in order to homologate the motor for racing use in Formula 2. 500 units needed to be produced and Ferrari knew they would not be able to produce or sell so many cars during this period, so the motors were employed in a new flagship Fiat Dino, in addition to the 206 Dino. The Fiat Dino was available in closed or open form, bodied by Bertone and Pininfarina respectively. 24% of the Dinos produced were Spiders while the remaining cars were coupes. For many years, the cars were underappreciated and otherwise overlooked by the collector community, in large part because of their Fiat badging. The fact of the matter is that they were and remain technically sophisticated, spirited Italian cars with attractive bodywork by Italy’s best known designers, and an exceptional Ferrari engine. The Dino was developed over its production run, and a ra
Stunning 1972 Fiat Dino 2400 Spider Coachwork by Pininfarina Chassis: 135BS*0001285* This Dino 2400 Spider wears a stunning restoration. The car was disassembled, and the body taken down to the bare metal before being refinished in an attractive silver-blue metallic. Trim was refinished or replaced as needed, and a new convertible top was installed. The interior was reupholstered in black vinyl. To ensure the mechanicals matched the aesthetics, an engine rebuild was performed that, by itself, totaled nearly $22,000. By appearances, all work was completed to a high standard, and this Dino Spider runs and drives superb with that fantastic Ferrari V-6 exhaust note. Showing 66k miles, this Fiat Dino comes with a reproduction owners manual, service invoices, jack, and a spare. With rarity and a Ferrari heritage, these cars are attracting the attention of astute collectors. -Powered by the Sublime 2.4-Liter Ferrari V-6 -One of a Reported 424 Produced -Attractive Silver Blue Metallic over Black Color Combination -Recent Cosmetic and Mechanical Restoration -Timeless Pininfarina Styling Price: $189,500
Fans of the gorgeous Fiat Dino can thank the motorsports rule makers at the Commission Sportive Internationale for its existence. Usually when automotive anoraks like us start talking about of homologation specials, the subject matter is usually that of a thinly veiled racing car for the road – usually a rally car or tin-top touring car. But the Fiat Dino was a different kind of homologations special: A luxurious GT car built to help Ferrari get their jewel-like 2.0 liter V6 engine legal for international Formula 2 open-wheel racing. Ferrari had designed the engine but did not have the production capacity to meet the minimum requirement of 500 units in 12 months so they enlisted the help of Fiat to make up the difference. The initial plan was for Fiat to build the engines they would use in a new GT car of their own design, while Ferrari would build the units for their new mid-engine “Dino” entry level line. That agreement changed quickly as Fiat essentially built all of the engines for both marques. Fiat’s new Dino debuted in 1966 in 2.0 liter form. Interestingly, the coupe and convertible did not share any styling and were constructed by two different Carrozzeria. The understated coupe was penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Ghia whilst the more flamboyant and curvaceous Spider was designed and built by Pininfarina. Both cars shared the same 2.0 liter, all alloy V6 engine with the Dino 206GT, producing about 160 horsepower. A simple but proven live rear axle with a limited slip differential, leaf springs and telescopic dampers lent safe and predictable handling. Costs were kept under control by Fiat by raiding the parts bin, but the interior still felt special thanks to a full array of Veglia instruments, stylish trim and a 5-speed manual gearbox. With its lighter weight and slick bodywork, the Spider achieved a full 130mph top speed compared to the coupe’s 124mph. In spite of the superior performance, the coupe handily outsold the spider – with 3,670 coupes built to just 1,163 spiders before the 2.4 liter Dino 2400 was released in 1969. Only in recent years has the Fiat Dino become a truly desirable collector car outside of niche circles. Thankfully, there have been loyal enthusiasts and club stalwarts who preserved these fine little cars and wrested them from the hands of bargain hunters. This example, a 1967 2.0 liter Spider, one of the earliest Dino Spiders known, has been with its last owner for over thirty years, a dedicated Fiat Dino enthusiast who also happened to head the Dino Registry for a time. As a result, this is an honest, highly correct and very original car that has been exceptionally well maintained. The body is straight and sound with consistent gaps and panel fit. The older red paintwork presents well, and while it shows some age in a few places in the form of some light checking, it remains very attractive. The chrome trim is intact and in very good order all around. Knock off wheels are a signature of the early cars, and this car wears a nice set of correct Campagnolo alloys with proper Michelin radial tires. The black interior was restored some time ago, with correct black basketweave upholstery, black door panels and trim. All of the original Veglia Borletti instruments are in very good order, as well as the switches knobs and controls. A black canvas top is in great order and fits well. Thanks to the efforts of its passionate owner, this Dino has received the utmost care from marque experts for over three decades. The car was regularly maintained by Skip McCabe, a trusted Ferrari and Dino specialist in Mundelein, Illinois. The jewel-like 2-liter V6 engine was fully rebuilt by Ferrari specialist Dennis McCann of Columbus Ohio. The engine compartment is wonderfully detailed and highly correct; a rarity among Fiat Dinos. Of course, everything works as it should and the driving experience is outstanding. It is a true rarity to find such an honest Fiat Dino that has been so comprehensively well maintained as this example has. While it has never been fully restored, it has been properly serviced and tended to for many years and it is a wonderful choice for a driver-collector. With its Pininfarina coachwork and the sonorous heart of a Ferrari, it is no wonder that the Fiat Dino has become such a desirable collector car. We are thrilled to offer this outstanding example and are confident it will provide its next keeper plenty of enjoyment in the future.
Since said rebuild, the car has covered a limited mileage of just 13,000 Km whilst receiving routine maintenance. Presented with full UK Registration, spare key, tools, tonneau cover and superb history file supporting its exceptional service history with a no expense spared approach. This superb Fiat Dino Spider is located in our showrooms just outside London and available to view immediately.
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