Named after Enzo Ferrari’s Son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, the Fiat Dino has a very close relationship to the ever popular 246 Dino (or Ferrari Dino). While the entire goal was to be able to homologate the potent 2.0-liter V-6 developed by Alfredo Ferrari, it ended up a very large success on the road, just as much on the track. While Formula 2 cars sported an intense version of the 2.0-liter and later 2.4-liter version’s of the Dino V-6, it was the vast production of road cars and the masses that benefited from what was truly excellent engine technology of the time. Offered from 1966-1973 in two different series in both Coupe’ and Spider format the Fiat Dino was indeed bang for the buck amongst Italian car enthusiasts. It performed nearly the same as the 246 Ferrari Variant, but for far less and far more usable.
Auburn Fall | Lot 3131
1968 Fiat Dino Spider
$66,550 USD | Sold
| Auburn, Indiana
29 August 2014
The example on offer here, a 1968 Fiat Dino Spider, Chassis # 135AS0000602 is the 602nd example produced and is considered a Series 1 2.0-liter version. Precise history is not known however we know from a few photos and various documentation in the trunk that by the 1980’s it was with a collector in Texas who was an avid Fiat Dino Club Member. By the early 1990’s the car received a total restoration as seen in a few accompanying photos. The nut and bolt restoration was carried out by World Motors Inc. of Austin, TX, reportedly to very high standards at the time. By 2004 it had migrated to an Italian Car Collector in Sellersville, PA where it was regularly enjoyed, shown, and cared for.
Today the car has aged nicely to that of a driver quality example that reportedly runs and drives well, sounds fantastic and makes wonderful power thanks to its four cams and three Weber carburetors. Power to the wheels is by way of a five-speed gearbox that has a very nice feel and well defined gear selection. Cosmetically the car is very presentable as an example that could easily be shown, driven, and equally enjoyed during either. The Pininfarina designed body offers proportionate lines and a very comparable styling to any of Ferrari’s offerings of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
This Dino is a solid and complete example that has had the benefit of a restoration which has been proven by being driven and enjoyed. Complete with a tool kit, jack, spare, and various accompanying documentation this is an opportunity in the collector car world to acquire a famous name and lineage to a comparable car that is now rapidly approaching the $500,000 marque, the Ferrari 246 Dino. Comparable performance, styling, and all of the right attributes these little Dino’s will surely prove to be a wise addition to any collection.