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Coachwork by Pininfarina
When Ferrari wanted to use its new V-6 named for Enzo Ferrari’s son, Dino, in the European Formula 2 Championship, the company faced a problem – it initially couldn’t satisfy homologation rules mandating 500 units be produced with the engine over a one-year period. Through a partnership with Fiat, Ferrari got its chance to compete in Formula 2, while Fiat gained a prestige sports car.
The Fiat Dino debuted at the 1966 Torino Motor Show as a coupe and open-top Spider. The former was styled by Bertone, while the curvaceous bodywork of the more attractive Spider was the handiwork of Pininfarina. The road version of the 2.0-liter V-6 was mated to a five-speed gearbox from Fiat. Servo-assisted brakes provided stopping power, while a front wishbone suspension with anti-roll bars helped body control. The well-handling Spider could accelerate from 0-60 mph in about eight seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph.
Changes arrived in 1969. Production was moved to Ferrari’s Maranello factory, and the 2.4-liter engine used in the Ferrari 246 Dino was made available. The revised engine brought the new “2400” name, and an additional 20 hp and 39 lbs./ft of torque, improving low-speed driveability. Other revisions included an updated dashboard, seats with headrests, electronic ignition, wider wheels and tires, larger brakes, and a fully independent rear end. Externally, the 2400 differed from the original by a new grill, tail lamps, and the loss of some of the chrome trim. Between 1969 and 1972, only 424 examples of the 2400 Spider were produced, making it the rarest Fiat Dino variant.
This Dino 2400 Spider was manufactured in 1972. Never officially sold in the US, it was imported, and more recently passed from private ownership into the hands of collector Phil Toledano in May 2013. Under Mr. Toledano’s tenure, a comprehensive restoration was commissioned. Per the included invoices, the car was disassembled, and the body taken down to the bare metal before being refinished in an attractive silver-blue metallic. Trim was refinished or replaced as needed, and a new convertible top was installed. The interior was reupholstered in black vinyl. To ensure the mechanicals matched the aesthetics, an engine rebuild was performed that, by itself, totaled nearly $22,000. By appearances, all work was completed to a high standard, and this Dino Spider is reported to run and drive very well with that sonorous Ferrari V-6 exhaust note.
Showing 66,694 miles at the time of cataloguing, this Fiat Dino comes with a reproduction owner’s manual, service invoices, jack, and a spare. With rarity and a Ferrari heritage, these cars are attracting the attention of astute collectors.