Lot 198 - 1968 Fiat Dino Spider
|Odometer reading||67,678 miles|
|Result||Sold - £16,800|
- An original 2 litre example
- Barn find restoration project
- Off the road since 1977
- Offered with desirable factory hardtop
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." The name Dino came about as Enzo Ferrari was on a mission to have the 2.0 litre V6 (Ferrari Dino) engine homologated to run in Formula F2. A small boutique manufacturer like Ferrari were unable to produce the required units, an agreement was publicly made that Fiat would produce the 500 necessary engines needed to meet the FIA homologation standards. These were to be installed in a GT car later designated the Fiat Dino, named after the Ferrari Dino it shared running gear with.
This left hand drive Fiat Dino is presented in barn find condition and is finished in red coachwork over a black interior. Laid up in 1977 the Dino has been stored ever since and comes to the market as a total restoration project. The 2 litre V6 Dino engine turns and there are many original parts present ready for restoration, including the desirable and very rare factory hardtop. Offered with a purchase receipt to its most recent vendor, dated 14th June 1976, and its current buff UK registration document. Dino specialists 24 Hundred of Kent believe that the Fiat has never been welded before making it a good starting point for any restorer. Coming to auction at no reserve this Fiat Dino Spider will be a fantastic opportunity for the new custodian, and we are sure will be a worthwhile investment.
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