1967 Fiat Dino Spyder
|Written by Sports Car Market|
|Sunday, 30 June 1996 16:00|
The story of the Ferrari powered Fiat Dino is nowadays well known, the cars having long since achieved classic status. The Fiat Dino came about as a result of new rules imposed by the FIA upon the marques competing in the 1967 Formula Two championship, in which Ferrari was a prominent contender. These rules stipulated that all F2 engines would henceforth have to be built in 500 units at least, something Ferrari could not hope to achieve without the assistance of a large manufacturer such as Fiat, itself no stranger to the sporting scene - who could ever forget the immortal 8V?
The resulting Fiat Dino was introduced at the 1966 Turin Motor Show, along with the first prototype of the Dino Berlinetta GT, which later evolved into the Ferrari Dino 246. Both cars used the superb V6, four-cam, two-liter engine whose lineage could be traced back to the Dino 246 Grand Prix engine and the Dino 166P sports-racing unit.