It is unusual but there are two completely different cars by different manufacturers with the Dino
name; one by Ferrari and the other by Fiat. Both were made in the same time period, share
the same engine and name but beyond that have little in common.
In the late 60's Ferrari decided to expand its product lines by going down market. In order to
spread the cost of developing a new car. Ferrari struck a deal with Fiat to share the cost and to
share the end product in this case the engine either in 2.0L or 2.4L forms. As to why the name
Dino was chosen is not clear; some say it was chosen as an homage to Enzo's dying son, others
say his son Dino helped to developed the engine and some say that Enzo didn't want a Ferrari
with a V6 engine. Regardless, the resulting cars were all called Dino.
The Ferrari was a midengine two seater that is perhaps one of Pininfarina' best design. Fiat's Dinos
were a two seater convertible by Pininfarina and a coupe by Bertone. Of the two the convertible
is the more attractive while the coupe can best be described as having a nice personality.
For the longest time all Dinos were relegated to the also ran curiosities but lately this has changed
as collectors have now discovered how fun they are to drive. The Ferrari Dino although not
the fastest Ferrari of that time is perhaps the best handling while the Fiat Dino is a beautiful
unstated convertible competitive with anything the British were producing at the time.
This particular car is the more common 2.0L making about 150hp while the later 180hp 2.4L made
from 1969 until 1973 are much rarer with only about 400plus were made. The later Fiat Dinos
have the distinction of being assembled on the same production line as Ferrari later Dinos,
the 246GT and GTS.