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September 19, 2019

Fiat Dino Spider – The Overlooked Classic?

by Mike – 

The Fiat Dino Spider was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1966 and the Fiat Dino Coupe was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1967.

The V6 engine was a Ferrari design with a 2-liter displacement producing 158 hp using a 5-speed manual transmission. This same engine was used in the Ferrari Dino 206 although the engines were produced by Fiat.

Fiat Dino Spider

Fiat Dino Spider

The Dino Spider body was designed and made by Pininfarina and the Coupe was designed and made by Bertone. Later a 2.4-liter version of the Fiat Dino was introduced and this car was manufactured by Ferrari on the same production line as the Ferrari Dino 246 GT.

Fiat Dino Spider engine

Fiat Dino Spider interior

Fiat Dino Spider

There were 1,989 of the Dino Spiders made and there were 5,814 of the Dino Coupes made between 1966 and 1972.

It seems to me that the Dino Spider can lay claim to being a Ferrari, especially the 2.4-liter version, as much as a Dino 246 GT.

The current market value for a Fiat Dino 2.4-liter Spider is about half that of the Ferrari Dino 246 GTS.

Fiat Dino Spider

The beautiful car shown here is a 1967 Fiat Dino Spider and was at the event that I wrote about here.

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Comments

  1. Hi Mike, the Fiat Dino was never sold in the United States I think, am I right? It is said that this car was made to allow Ferrari to produce the required number of engines to get the racing homologation to enter the F2 Championship (the displacement of the racing engine was reduced to 1.6 liter to meet the regulations).
    I don’t know the current value of a Fiat Dino Spider in the USA, but in Italy it isn’t absolutely underrated: the best cars are priced well over 50.000 euros. Only the coupè model (Bertone) still has affordable prices…

    • Giacomo,

      I do not remember if the Fiat Dino was imported to the US but we do have a few around.

      My point is that the Fiat Dino Spider should be in the same price range as a Dino 246 GT because both cars were designed by the same people and the engine is the same and they were made on the same manufacturing line. Yet, the Dino 246 GT is far more expensive and even more so if it is a GTS.

      I think the difference must be that the Fiat Dino has the Fiat name attached and the Dino 246 GT did not have the Fiat name, not did it originally have the Ferrari name attached.

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