The Dino was a well-produced joint effort by Ferrari, who needed a large company to produce its Formula 2 V6 engine and Fiat, who wanted an open-top sportscar with real credibility. The result was excellent, a high performance car with independent suspension for a great handling. The Pininfarina-styled convertible appeared first at the Turin Motor Show, Italy in 1964, while the Bertone-designed coupe came three years later. Fiat's Dino shared the Ferrari Dino's engine and gearbox, and early versions used a live rear axle, though this was changed in 1969 to an independent suspension with struts and semi-trailing arms. However, the convertible was 12 inches (305mm) shorter than the later coupe, which made it more nimble, despite the rear end handicap. While the Dino was never available in the USA, all were left-hand drive, so many have since found their way there.
Fiat Dino Specifications
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