Crush or Save? 1967 Fiat Dino Coupe Basket Case

When is a car past the point of saving and the best use is to melt it down and start over?  Here’s a 1967 Fiat Dino that has given its 2 liter Ferrari V6 to another project. No doubt in the restoration of a Ferrari Dino or Lancia Stratos.  At this point are you left with a carcass of soviet steel with some rare Fiat Dino Coupe parts attached that you could sell off…or do you jump in and restore it?  Find this 1967 Fiat Dino Coupe for sale in Olympia, WA for $3,250 via craigslist.

The Fiat Dino Coupe was designed by Bertone, built by Fiat and was powered initially by a 2.0 liter all aluminum V6 designed by Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredino.  The V6 was designed to be used in Formula 2, and to meet homologation numbers Ferrari inked a deal with Fiat to use the engines in the Coupe and a Pininfarina designed Spider.  The engine was also used in the Ferrari 206 Dino and the Lancia Stratos. Unfortunately, this car has been robbed of its V6 along with the transmission and Dino-plex electronic ignition.  Also, there is no title.

The ad’s seller mentions that restored Coupes now go for $50K to $70K and cars powered by non-original engines like the Alfa V-6 or Fiat four go for $15K – $17K.  I’d go for the SBC, but I doubt you could clean this thing up, fix the rust and swap in a motor for anything where you’d come out on top or at least flat.  This thing is too far gone.

So what you are left with unfortunately is a parts car.  I’m sure that there are other Dino owners out there that could use some of the parts, but I’m not sure if you could even get your $3,250 from it.  I think once you remove the Ferrari V-6, you’ve pretty much removed the car’s heart and reason for being.  As an aside, a good friend of mine owned a ’67 Coupe for about 10 years in the 1990’s.  Every joke about owning a car with the cachet of a Fiat and expense of a Ferrari was true, but man that 2 liter V6 was magic.  It’s sad to see such a cool car meet an inglorious end.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent and resident two stroke fan and is sure that recent college graduates didn’t engineer the NA.