In the mid 1960s, Ferrari needed a large company to build its Formula Two V6 engine in quantity, while Fiat wanted to produce an up market sports car with real credibility. The result of the liaison was an instant classic, the Fiat Dino, Spider and Coupe. The innovative square camshaft all alloy, 54 level V6 found in the 2 liter models could draw its olden times back to the 1950s and Vittorio Jano. It was made into a practical production road car engine by Aurelio Lampredi, who had an established pedigree as a one time Ferrari employee. To comply with Formula Two homologation rules Enzo Ferrari’s whole motivation for the venture, it had to be produced in munbers of no fewer than 500 a year. That was how Fiat came into production, opening a courtship among the two companies that led to Fiat’s catch over of Ferrari in 1969. That was the same year in which the engine gained its iron block and extra capacity, 2419cc, pushing power up to 180 bhp at 6600 rpm. Much of the hardware found in the Pininfarina Dino Spider and its Bertone Coupe sibling was stock Fiat. The floor pan and rear suspension on the 2 liter mode were shared with the old 2300S Coupe, and the coil spring and wishbone front suspension with the 124 Spider (although suitably up rated).
The gearbox was the four speed unit the 2300, with a separate casing bolted on the back for a higher geared fifth gear. The floor pan was supplied to Pininfarina, who then sent the shell back to Fiat to have the mechanicals fitted. It was a convoluted but successful production process. The 2.4 liter cars, announced in 1969, had the sophisticated strut and straggling support rear suspension from Fiat’s up marketplace 130 saloon. Manufacture of both models finished in 1973.