- Later-production 2.0-liter example
- Equipped with Sebring driver’s-side mirror
- A Ferrari in disguise
Debuted at the 1965 Paris Salon, the Dino 206 S Speciale was Enzo Ferrari’s tribute to his late son, Dino. More practically, it was a way of making the new, all-alloy, Ferrari-built V-6 eligible for Formula Two competition. Given Ferrari’s limited production, the design of the engine was used by Fiat in a new, sporty model that also carried the Dino name.
The earliest examples featured the 2.0-liter, while later cars received the 2.4-liter variant, both of which were backed by a five-speed manual transmission. Performance was exceptional for a two-liter car, with the open spider capable of 0–60 mph in only seven seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. The Fiat Dino was offered either as a coupe or a spider, designed by Bertone and Pininfarina, respectively. Fiat produced the Dino from 1966 to 1973, during which time 7,803 examples were produced.
This charming Dino Spider is finished in a lovely shade of red with a black convertible top and is among the final 2.0-liter examples. Aside from the Pininfarina badging, only a Sebring driver’s-side mirror distracts from the Fiat’s beautiful lines. The car rides on Michelin XVS radial tires which are mounted on sporty Cromodora knock-off wheels. The interior is completed in black with bucket seats and two smaller seats in the back. The Dino also features a wood-rimmed steering wheel and clock, as well as upgraded speakers and a Pioneer radio unit with cassette player. A full-size spare and tools reside in the trunk.
A Ferrari in disguise, the Fiat Dino’s striking design and performance-oriented powerplant live up to the hype. With few examples brought to the United States, they are considerably rare and much sought after among driving-minded collectors today.