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CHASSIS NO. 0000966

* Manufactured Italy 1968
* Imported in 1979
* One owner from 1988 to 2016
* A Ferrari-engined jewel

In the mid-1960s, Ferrari needed a 2.0-litre production-based engine for the new Formula 2 and conceived the mid-engined Dino to provide the necessary basis. Since the late 1950s, Ferrari’s V6-engined sports-racers had used the Dino name, after Enzo Ferrari’s late son, Alfredino, who had died in 1956, and this was duly applied to the new road car. Indeed, at this time it was intended that it would be the first of an entirely separate marque. The new V6 power unit would prove as successful on the racetrack as in the showroom: Derek Bell and Ernesto Brambilla both winning races in the European Championship, while Andrea de Adamich triumphed in the 1968 Argentine Temporada series.

However, faced with the daunting task of building 500 units per annum to meet the FIA's 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. This car the Fiat Dino was the very first joint venture between Fiat and Ferrari. In Pininfarina-bodied two-seater Spider form and launched at the 1966 Turin Show the styling displays sensual Ferrari Dino curves intertwined with a rich racing pedigree. 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 2+2 Coupé model with Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Bertone coachwork appeared the following year at the Geneva Salon. 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 most stylish conveyance, the FIAT Dino raced to 60mph in around 8 seconds and could reach 135mph while making all the right Ferrari-esque noises. Manufacture of the 2.0-litre version ended in 1969 and that of the 2.4-litre in 1973. Total production of the 2.0-litre cars amounted to 3,670 coupés and 1,163 spiders remarkably low amount for a production car.

This delightful early Fiat Dino Spider retains its lightweight all-aluminium 2.0-litre block and was bored out to 2.4 litre during its rebuild, giving it an increase of power to 195bhp and in line with the Ferrari Dinos and later Fiat Dinos of the time. Imported into the U.K. from Europe it was thereafter acquired in 1988 by a Mr Fazackerley of Warrington and he cherished the Dino for 28 years. In 2015 It was inspected and subsequently purchased by Foskers, and after some general servicing and putting the car into good order it was sold to the current owner in February 2016. The car comes complete with its correct jack kit, original spare wheel, some tools and a history file that documents its various stages of restoration including engine rebuild, major suspension and brake overhaul, and a full body repaint.

Finished in traditional Rosso Corsa, the overall condition is to a very high standard and heightened by Foskers recent refreshing of the bodywork, paintwork and interior. The mechanicals have also been checked and overhauled by our team. This Dino is in very good fettle for its age and represents a wonderful and rare opportunity to purchase a fabulous example of this highly collectible great sporting Italian car.

Available for viewing at our Brands Hatch Circuit showroom just outside London. Walk round video and additional photos available on request.

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  • 28 March 2021