1967 Fiat Dino Spider

In the mid-1960s, Ferrari sought a 2.0-litre production engine for Formula 2, leading to the creation of the mid-engined Dino. To meet the daunting demand of producing 500 units annually for homologation, Ferrari collaborated with FIAT. This partnership resulted in FIAT producing the Dino’s four-cam V6 engine, spawning a separate model for FIAT.

Introduced as the Pininfarina-bodied Spider at the 1966 Turin Show, the FIAT Dino featured a 2.0-litre, 160bhp engine positioned conventionally ahead of the driver. Noteworthy for being FIAT’s first model with four overhead camshafts and a standard limited-slip differential, the steel-bodied Dino boasted a five-speed gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, a live rear axle, and disc brakes on all wheels.

A longer-wheelbase Coupé variant with Bertone coachwork emerged the next year. By 1969, the V6 engine’s capacity increased to 2,418cc, accompanied by a ZF gearbox and FIAT 130-type trailing-arm independent rear suspension. Power surged to 180bhp (DIN) at 6,600rpm.

Stylistic updates were subtle, such as a revised front grille and bumper details, while the interior received enhancements like improved switchgear and a carpeted boot. The FIAT Dino accommodated four passengers stylishly, sprinting to 100km/h in approximately 8 seconds and reaching a top speed of 210km/h, emitting the distinct Ferrari-esque engine notes. Production concluded in 1972.

Photos by Josh Bryan courtesy of RM Sotheby’s