10k: Ferrari Power: 1968 Fiat Dino Coupe Project

The Fiat Dino Coupe is sometimes confused with Dino 206/246 as they both share a Ferrari engine and were produced at the Fiat factory when new.  The Fiat Dino was created to homogolate the 2.0 liter Ferrari V6 for racing since the mid-engine Dino 206 was not produced in sufficient quantities. The mid-engined car did not last long, like the Dino it was named after, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari (the son of Enzo Ferrari) who died way too early at 24 years old.  Find this 1968 Fiat Dino Coupe project for sale in Corona, CA currently bidding for $6,000, reserve not met via ebay.  Big thanks to tipper Rod S who writes “A project Fiat Dino!  No idea what the seller
wants.  Looks like he has an interesting fleet of vintage cars.  I’m
bidding on an MGB GT from the same guy.” Way to go Rod!

Update 7/11/2013 21:32 PST: This car now has a BIN price of $25k! Yikes!!  An anon tipper pointed out that that this exact car was featured on bringatrailer.com for $26k in Oct 2012 in roughly the same condition.  Also, another Fiat Dino (in good running condition was also featured on BaT for $20k in Jan 2013).  Carnac the Magnificent says: “Bidding ends…reserve not met…

This Fiat Dino is a massive project that will require a massive wallet once purchased to restore to its former glory.  Vintage Fiats may not be the most expensive cars on the block, but that Ferrari engine will slap you are around like a pimp on payday.

The Dino is powered by an all-alloy 2.0 liter V6 with dual-over-head cams and a 9.7:1 compression ratio that puts out a peak power of 160 horsepower near its 8,000 rpm redline.  Alfredo Ferrari is credited with designing this engine and it used a novel Magneti Marelli designed capacitive discharge electronic ignition to ignite the triple weber fed fuel:air mixture at twice the rpm of typical engines from the 60s.

The seats front and rear look great, but the rest of this Fiat interior looks like Amanda Bynes’ sock drawer.  Disconnected wires, missing door cards and general disorder make this thing a terrifying prospect for someone without a wiring diagram and PhD in electrical engineering.

This is another car with a mysterious reserve, and not many “comps” to gauge how much this kind of a project would go for…but anything in the DT price range has to be a great deal for a Ferrari powered car from the ’60s, even if it has a Fiat badge on the side.

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