An interesting and unusual lot in the Bonhams catalogue for its forthcoming Amelia Island auction (10 March) is an early example of the oft-overlooked Fiat Dino Spider.
Debuting 50 years ago at the 1966 Turin Show, the Pininfarina designed and built Fiat Dino Spider previewed the 2-litre (and later 2.4-litre) V6 engine, used to also power the now legendary mid-engined Dino 206 GT (later badged as a Ferrari), plus the elegant sister Fiat Dino Coupe, styled and constructed by Bertone from 1967 onwards.
The Dino’s four-cam V6 engine was developed for the then-new Formula 2 racing regulations, which required a minimum of 500 engine units to be produced per annum for homologation requirements. Fearing 500 units may be too much for Ferrari alone, the Maranello sportscar maker turned to Fiat to assist by taking the majority of the V6 engines built, with the Dino Spider being the first Fiat to use this acclaimed Ferrari powerplant.
With a reasonable estimate of between £84,000 to £110,000, Bonhams’ 1967 Dino Spider is one of Pininfarina’s initial production batch, with the front-mounted 162 bhp 2.0 V6 driving the rear wheels.
As well as a pleasing orange-red colour scheme, this Dino is uncommon in that it is equipped with the very rare Factory hardtop roof, meaning that this example has never been equipped with a foldable soft top. The Fiat also has the desirable knock-off Factory alloy wheels, plus the optional silver-trimmed interior trim.
The Dino has covered a mere 55,000 miles, and retains its original Fiat badging, rather than the more ‘exotic’ prancing horse logos which are often mistakenly added to the Fiat Dinos. The 2-litre V6 was replaced by the larger 2.4-litre engine in 1969, with Spider production ending in 1972, with just 2,028 examples of this stylish al fresco model being produced.
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