Fiat Dino 2000
You bought a Ferrari, but you drive it as a Fiat –
The F… We’d like to ask you to take off your Multipla-coloured glasses. Yes, can we? The Fiat Dino. Born out of necessity. A synonym for a lot of emotion, saying goodbye to, beautiful shapes and now, fortunately, an increasingly appreciated car. Dino refers to Alfredo Ferrari, son of Enzo. Alfredo developed V6 engines from his sickbed that would eventually serve in a Formula 2 car. Unfortunately, he suffered from a rare muscle disease, which did not allow him the time to see the end of the project. Not even to hear the first engine run. At 24, passion lost out to health. But you started a legacy, hero!
As a tribute to his son, Enzo decided to pick up his engines and develop them further. When the FIA tightened the rules in ’67 this was a great opportunity for Enzo to produce the engine on a slightly larger scale. A minimum of 500 units had to be built for the street, after which the engine could only be used on the circuit. Thank you FIA!
Naturally, the two main-race Italians (Fiat and Ferrari) had a row about where the assembly would take place. Solution? We both build our own Dino, with the same engine. Trova il modo di farlo! Indeed, figure it out!
And so our Fiat Dino 2000 was born in Turin, in the current colours. Designed by Pininfarina, so with obvious nods to its sister Ferrari. For example, after hours of staring in love, I clearly recognised the Daytona’s butt, the high wheel arches and the ‘egg crate grille’.
And then ours. One of the 1163 units ever built, originally in ‘Verde Scuro’, from the second owner. The first owner had it for 51 (!) years. And we understand why. When the Olio is on temperature, the needle goes past 4000 and you let the 160 espresso horses sizzle; a smile and goose bumps guaranteed! This is one with real racing DNA, in a sympathetic jacket. Can we see you soon?
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