10k: Idus Martii Report: 1968 Fiat Dino Type 135

Beware the non-idling cars of March, celebrated today on the ides of
March.  Buying a car that doesn’t run isn’t simply a risk associated
with the cost of the engine that you’ll need to fix.  It also
means that you can’t test the transmission, brakes, suspension,
steering and all the other items that need replacement.  Your good deal becomes a money
pit and you are spending all your weekends fixing stuff.  The idles of
March may come, but until that engine runs, they have not yet gone.  Find this 1968 Fiat Dino Type 135 here on eBay currently bidding for $8,101 with 5 days to go, located in Homestead, FL.

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 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 Dino is powered by an all-alloy 2.0 liter V6 with dual overhead
cams and a 9.7:1 compression ratio that puts out a peak power of 160
horsepower near its 8,000 rpm redline.  Alfredo “Dino” 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 near twice the rpm of typical engines from the 60s.

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