A lovely sports car with a curvaceous body designed by Pininfarina and a hot V6 engine from Ferrari, the Fiat Dino Spider was an anomaly then as it is now: a limited-edition exotic with great credentials sold by Italy’s mass-market automaker.
There were two versions: a handsome 2+2 coupe designed by Bertone and the Pininfarina-styled Spider. Either version packed the Ferrari V6, the same engine found in the Ferrari Dino and used in the company’s F2 race cars.
“The car was disassembled, and the body taken down to the bare metal before being refinished in an attractive silver-blue metallic,” the dealer says in the ad. “Trim was refinished or replaced as needed, and a new convertible top was installed. The interior was reupholstered in black vinyl.
“To ensure the mechanicals matched the aesthetics, an engine rebuild was performed that, by itself, totaled nearly $22,000.”
The Fiat Dino was named after Enzo Ferrari’s son, who died at a young age and who, with engineer Vittorio Jano, created the lightweight V6 engine; the Ferrari Dino also is named after him.
The Fiat models were produced because Ferrari needed to homologate its 2.0-liter aluminum V6 for F2 racing. There needed to be at least 500 road cars sold to the public with that engine, and the only way Ferrari could arrive quickly at that number was to have Fiat build and sell them en masse.
The homologation number was soon reached and, in all, there were 7,651 Fiat Dino coupes and spiders built between 1966 and June 1972, when production ceased. The later cars, built in-house by Ferrari with a 2.4-liter cast-iron version of the engine and a ZF 5-speed transmission, are considered to be more-reliable and all-around better cars. Just 424 2.4-liter spiders were built.
In the nicely composed urban photos with the ad, this Fiat Dino looks like a splendid example, said to be completely redone and finished in highly desirable Silver Blue Metallic.
“By appearances, all work was completed to a high standard, and this Dino Spider runs and drives superb with that fantastic Ferrari V-6 exhaust note,” the seller notes.
The styling of the Spider was controversial from the start, but they have grown over time on most aficionados of Italian cars. And for what they are – Ferrari-built and -powered roadsters – they are still reasonably priced, especially when compared with the similar-spec Ferrari Dino.
This one can be had for $167,500, certainly not inexpensive but a lot of spicy Italian meatball for the money.
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