1967 - Fiat Dino 2-litre spider For Sale by Auction
1967 Fiat Dino 2-litre spider
German registration papers
Chassis N° 135AS0000522
At the beginning of the 1960s Ferrari was in financial difficulty. The company was on the point of being sold to Ford when Enzo Ferrari pulled out of the deal, determined to hang onto his proud independence. Meanwhile, to continue to be present in Formula 2 racing Maranello needed a new six-cylinder engine, which regulations stipulated had to be derived from a production design. So it was that a new V6 was developed – reviving the Dino name used on a previous V6 Ferrari racers, in honour of Enzo Ferrari’s late son Alfredo ‘Dino’ Ferrari.
To be homologated for competition, the engine had to be used in a run of 500 production cars, and this led Ferrari to make a deal with Fiat. The Turin giant would be able to make 500 of the V6 without problem, and above all had the means to fund the engine’s manufacture. As part of the agreement, Fiat would be able to use the engine in its own cars, something that fitted in well with moves to expand its range. As for the engine itself, this was a magnificent all-alloy quad-overhead-cam 2-litre – a revolutionary specification for the time – and would be best known for its use in the Dino 206GT. Rather less noble would be the 2.4-litre version subsequently found in the Dino 246GT, and which had a cast-iron block.
To capitalise on this fine Ferrari-developed engine, Fiat introduced a coupé and a convertible (or spider) in 1966 – ahead of the 1968 availability of the Dino 206GT. In closed form the Fiat Dino was bodied by Bertone, with Pininfarina taking responsibility for the convertible, of which 1163 examples would be made in the car’s original 2-litre form. In 1969 the Fiats received the 2.4-litre engine and independent coil-spring rear suspension in place of the leaf-spring live axle, and in this guise continued until 1973. Today there are relatively few first-series 2-litre spiders left on the road.
The car featured here is is a genuine first-series car from July 1967, recognisable as such by its centre-lock wheels. It is in exceptional condition, having had an in-depth restoration about 20 years ago. The body was stripped to bare metal but the original interior was retained. Happily everything is as original, which is not always the case with these cars. Finished in red with a black interior, the classic combination for an Italian roadster, the Fiat has been with its current owner since 2014 and has been regularly serviced to keep it in top condition.
The car was perfectly behaved on test, with the running gear seeming in perfect order. The 160bhp V6 seduces with its eager free-revving responses and the gearbox is pleasantly sweet. With a French roadworthiness certificate (contrôle technique) issued less than six months ago, this is a fine opportunity to acquire a rare and definitely sporting convertible for summer motoring.
ESTIMATE 95,000 – 115,000€
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