Dino was the nickname of Enzo’s son, Alfredo Ferrari, who died in 1956 and was credited with ideating Ferrari’s Formula 2 V6 racing engine, believed to be designed by Vittorio Jano with a peculiar 65° angle between the cylinder bank. In honour of Dino V6-engined Ferrari sports prototype racing cars have been named Dino since the late 50s. The conversion of this racing engine for road use and series production was entrusted to engineer Aurelio Lampredi, who had previously designed several 4 cylinder Ferrari engines. The resulting Fiat-built V6 ended up being installed in two very different vehicles: the front-engine Fiat Dino and Ferrari’s first series produced mid-engine sports car sold under the newly created Dino marque.
The Fiat Dino was introduced as a 2-seater Spider at the Turin Motor Show in October 1966; a 2+2 Coupé version, built on a 270 mm (10.6 in) longer wheelbase was introduced a few months later at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1967. The Fiat Dino was offered with an all-aluminium DOHC 2.0 L V6, coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. The same 2.0-litre engine was used in the Ferrari-built Dino 206 GT, which was introduced in pre-production form at the 1967 Turin Motor Show and went on sale in 1968.
Fiat quoted 158 hp for the Fiat Dino whilst Ferrari claimed 180 hp for the Dino 206 GT, despite both engines being made by Fiat workers in Turin on the same production line without any discrimination as to their destination.
The Dino Coupé offered for sale here is chassis #0000605 and it is one of the first produced. It is still in his original red colour. The engine was replaced in 2010 and since then it has covered only 8,500 Km circa. The braking system was completely restored, replacing the main parts and pump. This is a truly legendary car that comes complete with its Italian registration and ASI Certification. What a wonderful opportunity to own an iconic 70s Italian classic that has the same engine as the Ferrari Dino.