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Fiat Dino

Fiat Dino Coupé
Fiat Dino
Manufacturer Fiat
Parent company
Production 1966–1973
Predecessor Fiat 2300 Coupé S
Successor
Class Sports car
Platform
Layout FR layout
Body style 2-door Coupe
2-door Spider
Engine 2.0 L V6 (1966-1969)
2.4 L V6 (1969-1973)
Transmission 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2550mm
Length Coupe:4507mm
Spider:4237mm
Width 1709 mm
Height Coupe:1315mm
Spider:1245mm-1270mm
Front track
Rear track
Weight Coupe:1270–1380 kg
(2799-3042 lb)
Spider:1150–1240 kg
(2535-2733 lb)
Fuel economy
Fuel capacity
Related Dino 206 GT
Dino 246 GT & GTS
Similar
Designer Pininfarina (Spider)
Giorgetto Giugiaro at Bertone (Coupe)


The Fiat Dino is a front-engined, rear-drive sports car manufactured between 1966 and 1973. It was an intermediate step towards creating Ferrari's "Dino" and the two are often confused. The Fiat Dino allowed Ferrari to achieve the necessary production numbers to homologate Alfredo Ferrari's V6 engine for Formula 2 racing. The Fiat Dino Spider was introduced at Turin Motor Show 1966 and Coupe version one year later at Geneva Motorshow.

Ferrari started its first line of mid-engined cars in 1968 and sold them under the brand name of "Dino". The Dino 206 GT and Dino 246 GT & GTS were equipped with engines identical to those used in the Fiats; the later Dino 308 GT4 had an unrelated V8 and was rebranded "Ferrari" in 1976, thus ending the use of the "Dino" trademark.

Fiat Dino Coupé

The car was first offered with a 2.0-liter, 160 horsepower V-6, with a 5-speed manual transmission. This engine was later enlarged to a 2.4-liter, 180 horsepower unit in 1969. The Fiat Dino was originally equipped with a live axle suspended by leaf springs, but later examples used a coil-sprung independent rear suspension similar to that of the Fiat 130. Performance was impressive, with a 0-60 mph time of less than 8 seconds. Fuel was delivered via three Weber 40DCNF carburetors. Two body designs were made for Fiat - a Pininfarina spider and a Bertone coupe, they also manufactured these cars.

Fiat Dino Spider at Wheels Of Italy

Buying a Dino is inexpensive (pristine 1967 examples would auction for about $16,000 in the United States in 2001), and the cars are relatively reliable. They are expensive to maintain given their scarcity of parts as well as mechanics knowledgeable of them. The Dino was never sold officially in the United States, although many people imported them. It was discontinued in 1973.

A Dino was seen in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, painted red with few other decals besides a black numeral '5'. A Fiat Dino was also seen in the original version of 'The Italian Job' driven by the Italian Mafia boss, painted in Black.

1972 Fiat Dino coupe side.jpg



Engines

  • 2.0 DOHC V6 65° (aluminium block), 1987 cc, 160 PS @7200 rpm, 163 Nm @6000 rpm
  • 2.4 DOHC V6, (cast iron block), 2418 cc, 180PS @6600 rpm, 216 Nm @4600 rpm (1969)


References

  • Don Weberg, "Great Save: The Dino Project Kept Ferrari Racing and Gave Fiat a True Exotic," Classic Motorsports, November, 2005. Page 73.


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Bertone Designs
Abarth: 1952 Abarth 1500 Coupé | 1958 Abarth 1000 GT Coupé | 1965 Abarth OT 1000 Spider

Alfa Romeo: 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT-5 | 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Sport Spider | 1954 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva | 1954 Alfa Romeo BAT-7 | 1954 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint | 1955 Alfa Romeo BAT-9 | 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale | 1962 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint | 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint | 1962 Alfa Romeo GTA | 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale | 1964 Alfa Romeo Canguro | 1967 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior | 1967 Alfa Romeo Montreal | 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo | 1976 Alfa Romeo Navajo | 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfetta | 1980 Alfa Romeo Alfetta 2000 | 1983 Alfa Romeo Delfino | 2003 Alfa Romeo GT
ASA: 1962 ASA Coupé
Bertone: 1970 Bertone Berlinetta | 1992 Bertone Blitz | 2003 Bertone Birusa
Ferrari: 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso | 1974 Ferrari 208/308 GT4 | 1976 Ferrari Rainbow
Fiat: 1967 Fiat Dino Coupé | 1968 Fiat 850Sport Spider | 1978 Fiat Ritmo/Strada | Fiat X1/9
ISO: 1962 Iso Rivolta | 1965 Iso Grifo | 1969 Iso Lele
Lamborghini: 1967 Lamborghini Marzal | 1967 Lamborghini Miura | 1968 Lamborghini Espada | 1970 Lamborghini Urraco | 1971 Lamborghini Countach | 1974 Lamborghini Bravo | 1980 Lamborghini Athon | 1988 Lamborghini Genesis | 1990 Lamborghini Diablo
Lambretta: 1968 Lambretta Luna line: Lui, Vega & Cometa | 1969 Lambretta GP/DL Scooter
Lancia: 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero | 1972 Lancia Stratos | 1978 Lancia Sibilo
Maserati: 1972 Maserati Khamsin | 1974 Maserati Quattroporte II