Fiat Dino was introduced as a 2-seater Spider at the Turin Motor Show in October 1966, and a 2+2 Coupé version, built on a 270 mm longer wheelbase, bowed a few months later at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1967. The two bodies showed very different lines, as they had been designed and were manufactured for Fiat by two different coachbuilders: The Spider by Pininfarina, and the Coupé by Bertone. Curiously the Spider type approval identified it as a 2+1-seater. Spiders produced after February 1967 had a wood-rimmed steering wheel as well as a wood trim on the dashboard like the sister Coupé car had since the beginning. Option lists for both models were limited to radio, metallic paint, leather upholstery, and for the Spider a vinyl-covered hardtop with roll-bar style stainless steel trim.
The car was offered with an all-aluminum DOHC 2.0 L V6, coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. The same 2.0-litre engine was used in the mid-engine, Ferrari-built Dino 206 GT, which was introduced in pre-production form and went on sale in 1968. Fiat quoted 158 bhp for the Fiat Dino, while in 1967 Ferrari, presenting the first prototype of the Dino 206 GT, claimed 180 bhp despite the fact that both engines were made by Fiat in Turin on the same production line, without any discrimination as to their destination.
The early Fiat Dino offered here is described by the vendor as being in the finest condition since being the subject of a total ground up restoration. Just 2 owners since new and very few kilometers since the completion of the restoration. These cars are of particular interest to collectors internationally with values continuing to rise. We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer this stunning car for sale.