1971 Fiat Dino
Year of manufacture1971
1971 Fiat Dino 2400 Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone
Registration no. BRM 831J
Chassis no. 135BC0004792
In the mid-1960s, Ferrari needed a 2.0-litre production-based engine for the new Formula 2, conceiving the mid-engined Dino to provide the necessary basis. Faced with the daunting task of building 500 units per annum to meet the homologation requirements, Ferrari turned to FIAT for assistance, the resulting agreement for the latter to build the Dino's four-cam V6 engine leading to a spin-off model for FIAT. Launched in Pininfarina-bodied Spider form at the 1966 Turin Show, the FIAT Dino carried its 2.0-litre, 160bhp engine ahead of the driver in conventional manner and was notable as the first FIAT to employ four overhead camshafts and a limited-slip differential as standard. Steel bodied, the newcomer employed a FIAT five-speed gearbox and featured independent front suspension by means of wishbones and coil springs, a live rear axle and disc brakes all round. A longer-wheelbase Coupé model with Bertone coachwork appeared the following year, and in 1969 the V6 engine's capacity was increased to 2,418cc; a ZF gearbox and FIAT 130-type trailing-arm independent rear suspension being adopted at the same time. Power went up to 180bhp (DIN) at 6,600rpm. Styling changes were few: in the Spider's case being confined to a new front grille, rubber centre strips in the bumpers, and different wheel centres, while the interior benefited from improved switch gear and a carpeted boot. A stylish conveyance for four, the FIAT Dino raced to 100km/h (62mph) in around 8 seconds and could reach 210km/h (130mph) while making all the right Ferrari-esque noises. Production ceased in 1972.
Sourced via an Italy-based Dino specialist for a UK owner, this 2.4-litre example comes with a comprehensive folder of documentation including details of its restoration in 2013-2015 (photographs, invoices, full report, etc). Since its arrival in the UK in 2015, the car has been overhauled by Dino specialists 24Hundred and brought up to UK road standards; it was last serviced by them early in 2020 and is MoT'd to February 2021. Finished in its original livery of Azzurro Metallizzato, the car is described by the vendor as in very good condition throughout, with part original/part restored interior. Noteworthy features include a wiper motor cover, battery cover, and tool roll, and the car also comes with two sets of keys and a V5C document.