The 1965 Dino 206S Speciale coupe was Enzo Ferrari’s tribute to his late son, Dino. More practically, it was a way of making the new all-alloy, Ferrari-built V6 eligible for Formula Two competition by building 500 production cars equipped with it.
Given Ferrari’s limited production, Fiat used the engine in a new, sporty model that also carried the Dino name, and it would be built in larger numbers starting in 1966. The sound of the triple Weber-carbureted V6 engine was pure Ferrari, but the larger Italian automaker made several improvements to the Ferrari engine design for series production, ensuring durability and “normal” performance during day-to-day use.
Performance was exceptional for a 2-liter car, with the open Spider capable of 0–60 mph in seven seconds — and a top speed of 130 mph. Production of the Pininfarina-designed-and-built Fiat Dino 2000 Spider continued until 1969, which was the year that Fiat took over a large share of the Ferrari company. More than 2,000 had been produced, but very few were brought to the United States. Accordingly, they are considerably rare on these shores today. The example offered here was fully restored several years ago, and it has been well-maintained with gentle mechanical work. It has achieved an Award of Recognition when displayed at the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance and will be a thrill to drive and enjoy, with that familiar exhaust note ringing in one’s ears. It is certainly a worthy pony in the corral of stallions.