50 years Fiat Dino

The Fiat Dino was built in the period from 1966 to 1973 as a spider and a Coupé. The spider was presented in 1966 at the Turin automobile show on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the founder Giovanni Agnelli. One year later, the Coupé was presented at the Geneva Motor Show.

The stylish body has been designed by Pininfarina. A flowing wavy lateral line extends to the low-lying front headlights. The rear breaks down in a step and runs obliquely downward. The Fiat with the large rear lights is already visually a reminiscent of a Ferrari. At the latest, when the powerful motor is started, the Fiat Dinos high-profile relationship to Ferrari can not denied. Under the hood works a powerful V6 engine developed by Ferrari. The name “Dino” origins from Enzo Ferrari in memory of his son Alfredino.

Enzo Ferrari had the idea to develop a V6 engine for Formula 2 and faced a fundamental problem: the homologation. To receive it, at least 500 roadworthy Ferraris with this V-6 engine had to be built. These couldn´t be produced by Ferrari, nor could be be sold in a short period at that time. A cooperation with Fiat seemed the solution of all problems. Ferrari galt als völlig selbstständig und ohne fremde Gelder finanziert. Als vermittelnder Dritter kam Francesco Bellicardi ins Spiel, Besitzer der Firma Weber Carburatori. Er schaffte es, dass die Big Player Fiat Konzernchefs Agnelli, Valletta und Ferrari an einen Tisch saßen und eine hochkarätige Kooperation begann. Fiat verbaute den V6-Rennmotor und entwickelte ihn weiter zur Serienreife. Von diesem Joint & Venture profitierten alle. Fiat hatte nun einen rassigen Sportwagen zu präsentieren und Ferrari hatte das Sprungbrett für die Formel 2 gefunden.
The shown Fiat Dino is from the 2.4 litre series, which was built in 1969. This series is recognizable on the two chrome strips on the radiator. The 2418 cc engine runs smoother than that of its predecessor and reaches 180 horsepower at 6600 RPM. The sporty car achieves brief 210 km/h. The torque was improved considerably by increasing the displacement. This brought more elasticity in the bottom. A robust 5-speed transmission transfers the power to the rear wheels.

The Fiat Dino spider was priced in the upper segment and was neck and neck with Porsche or a Mercedes SL. The 2.0 litre model examples were built between 1966 and 1969 a total 1163, the 2.4 litre model were up to 1972 only 420 copies. The Fiat Dino spider has undoubtedly written automotive history.