The Fiat Dino is a joint effort between Fiat and Ferrari. Ferrari was facing a Formula 2 rule stating that no engine could be raced that was produced in a volume less than 500 units. Ferrari's automobile production capacity was limited so the solution was to install their engine into a Fiat based road car. The Fiat Dino was introduced at the Turin Motor Show of 1966 and a coupe version debuted one year later at the Geneva Motorshow. The coachwork is by Pininfarina.
The Spider is powered by a 2400cc, 190 horsepower, V-6 four cam overhead valve engine. The transmission is a five-speed.
In late 1964, Enzo Ferrari approached Fiat Patriarch Gianni Agneli about working together on a new engine which Ferrari needed because of a rule change in Formula 2 racing. To qualify an engine for the series, it had to be used in an automobile with a production run of at least 500 units, too many for Ferrari to accomplish alone.
Agnelli agreed to design a sports car with the Dino engine, and so was born Fiat's most prestigious model since the SV of the 1950s.
The first Fiat Dino Spyder, designed by Pininfarina, was shown with a 2L V-6 in 1966. The engine was identical to the one used in Ferrari's 206 Dino but was front mounted. Top speed was 130 MPH.
In 1969, an updated version was introduced with a 2.4-liter V6. Producing 50 more horsepower than the 2-liter, it had a new 5-speed ZF gearbox and IRS and production was moved to the Ferrari factory in Maranello.
In all, 1580 Dino Spyders were produced; only 420 had the 2.4-liter motor, of which this car is one.
This car underwent a total nut and bolt restoration at the famed Talacrest Company in England in 1996, with no expense spared.
In 1966 at the Turin Motor Show, Fiat introduced their Dino Spider. It was built in cooperation with the Ferrari Company, helping them achieve the necessary production numbers to homologate Alfredo (Dino) Ferrari's V6 engine for Formula 2 competition. A minimum of 500 examples were required. Ferrari was not in the situation to produce this many cars, as they were generally a low production, exclusive company; they joined forces with Fiat to create three different vehicles, a coupe and Spider Fiat version and the Ferrari Dino 206. The V6 engine would be used by Ferrari for their road-going mid-engined cars, while Fiat used them in their front-engined, rear-drive sports vehicles. Fiat's production of the Dino began in 1966 and continued until 1973. A coupe version was shown at the Geneva Motorshow in 1967 with production commencing a short time later.
The V6 engine originally displaced 2-liters and produced 160 horsepower. Later, displacement size rose to 2.4-liters and horsepower followed similar suite, rising to 180. The Dino was a sporty car, with its five-speed gearbox, live axle, and leaf springs, which were later replaced with coil-springs and an independent rear setup similar to the Fiat 130.
Pininfarina bodied the spiders while Bertone was responsible for the coupes. The Bertone bodied-cars had classic-1960s designs with rounded shapes and subtle hints of the 1970s, most noticeably in the tail section.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
The Dino has made it to the 'Big Screen' on at least two occasions. It was seen in the movie, 'Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo' where it was painted red and had a few decades and a black numeral '5'. It also was in 'The Italian Job' where it was painted black and driven by the Italian Mafia boss.