Prompted by competition requirements and named after Enzo Ferrari’s son, the Fiat Dino originated from an agreement between Ferrari and Fiat to produce a spider and a coupé that were designed and assembled by two great Turin coachbuilders.
In the mid-Sixties, Ferrari needed to homologate an engine for its Formula 2 racing cars, leading to a manufacturing agreement with Fiat for the supply of 500 “Dino” V6 engines, named in honour of Enzo Ferrari’s son, who died prematurely after having contributed to their design.
Around this sophisticated new two-litre V6 engine, Fiat decided to produce two sports cars. In 1966, Pininfarina was commissioned to create the Spider, and the following year Bertone presented the Coupé. The latter was a four-seater with a longer wheelbase than the Spider, making it slightly heavier and slower, but it was instantly more popular on the market, despite the Spider’s appeal.
The conventional layout consisted of a longitudinal front engine coupled to a five-speed gearbox. It also included rear-wheel drive with a sporty self-locking differential. The independent front suspension was coil sprung, whereas the rigid rear axle was supported on single leaf springs. Both the Spider and Coupé were equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels.