Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fiat Dino Spider - The Overlooked Classic?

by Mike - 

The Fiat Dino Spider was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1966 and the Fiat Dino Coupe was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1967.

The V6 engine was a Ferrari design with a 2-liter displacement producing 158 hp using a 5-speed manual transmission. This same engine was used in the Ferrari Dino 206 although the engines were produced by Fiat.

The Dino Spider body was designed and made by Pininfarina and the Coupe was designed and made by Bertone. Later a 2.4-liter version of the Fiat Dino was introduced and this car was manufactured by Ferrari on the same production line as the Ferrari Dino 246 GT.

There were 1,989 of the Dino Spiders made and there were 5,814 of the Dino Coupes made between 1966 and 1972.

It seems to me that the Dino Spider can lay claim to being a Ferrari, especially the 2.4-liter version, as much as a Dino 246 GT.

The current market value for a Fiat Dino 2.4-liter Spider is about half that of the Ferrari Dino 246 GTS.

The beautiful car shown here is a 1967 Fiat Dino Spider and was at the event that I wrote about here.

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