Lot 41 - 1968 Fiat Dino Spider
|Odometer reading||5,200 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £27,379|
The Fiat Dino was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1966 alongside the Dino Berlinetta GT, later to become the Ferrari Dino 246. Powered by a shared four camshaft, two litre, V6 engine, both cars benefited from a racing pedigree that went back to Ferrari's Dino 166P sports-racing unit and their 246 Grand Prix engine. The Dino model was built as either a Bertone designed coupé or a sleek spider from Pininfarina. However, it is the spiders, both in 2.0 and 2.4 Litre guise, that have become most sought after amongst collectors. In the words of Sports Car Market: ""The Spider is one of the prettiest designs to emerge from Pininfarina's studio in the 1960s…. and even accelerating in top gear from low revs, there's a seamless delivery of power.""
This 1968 2.0 Litre Spider was bought new in Belgium and has been in the possession of its current owner for approximately five years. In that time, he has embarked upon improving the car and making it suitable for cross-continental motoring. In 2006 TGC144E was taken off the road for two years and a number of works were completed, including: a gearbox rebuild, new wiring loom, clutch, refurbished alternator, new roof cover, carpets and re-trimmed dashboard. In addition, the engine was rebuilt, including gaskets, by renowned engine specialist Richard Grey and new 2.4 Litre specification carburettors were fitted.
In 2009, the vendor toured Europe and the car is reported to have behaved faultlessly, covering a trouble free 2500 miles across Alpine passes and lush valleys. Complete with a UK V5C registration certificate, some older bills and receipts and MoT test certificates dating back to 1997, this curvaceous Dino Spider would make an ideal investment. Historics at Brooklands are in agreement that Dino Spiders are still undervalued, especially in relation to the Ferrari Dino 246, which has seen a price increase of at least 50% in five years.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.