Debuting as a two-seater Spider with Pininfarina bodywork at the 1966 Turin Show, the FIAT Dino placed its 2.0-liter, 160bhp engine in the traditional front-engine position. This car was remarkable as the first FIAT to feature four overhead camshafts and a limited-slip differential as standard equipment. The steel-bodied newcomer incorporated a FIAT five-speed gearbox, independent front suspension using wishbones and coil springs, a live rear axle, and disc brakes on all four wheels.
A year later, a longer-wheelbase 2+2 Coupé version emerged at the Geneva Salon, featuring coachwork designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Bertone. In 1969, the V6 engine’s capacity was increased to 2,418cc, accompanied by the adoption of a ZF gearbox and FIAT 130-type trailing-arm independent rear suspension. This power boost elevated the output to 180bhp (DIN) at 6,600rpm. Stylistic changes were minor, including a new front grille, rubber center strips in the bumpers, and different wheel centers for the Spider, while the interior received improved switchgear and a carpeted boot.
The FIAT Dino, a stylish and potent vehicle, accelerated to 60mph in approximately 8 seconds and could reach a top speed of 135mph, all while emitting the distinctive Ferrari-like engine sounds. Production of the 2.0-liter version ceased in 1969, and the 2.4-liter model in 1973. In total, 3,670 coupés and 1,163 spiders of the 2.0-liter variant were manufactured.