Registration No: 330 KOU
Chassis No: 135BS0001386
The Dino Spider (not Spyder, as there is no Y in the Italian alphabet) was introduced at the 1966 Turin Motor Show. In common with Ferrari's much vaunted 206 and 246 GT cars, it was penned by Pininfarina who built the bodies too. It also shared the same all-alloy, 4-cam, 65-degree V6 engine; the fitment of which in road cars of the time was vital to Ferrari, who needed it sold in a series of 500 cars in order to homologate it for Formula 2 racing. Though designed by Vittorio Jano, the V6 engine was inspired by Enzo Ferrari's son Dino (Alfredo) who sadly died in 1956 at the age of 24 and the Dino branding employed for certain Ferraris and Fiats between 1968 and 1976 was a tribute to him. A Coupe version of the Dino was designed by Giugiaro at Bertone and introduced at the Geneva Motor Show of 1967. The mechanically identical Spider and Coupe initially featured independent coil-sprung suspension at the front and a live axle set-up with semi-elliptic leaf springs derived from the Fiat 2300S at the rear. Braking was by discs all-round. The engine was of 2-litre capacity and around 160bhp. In 1969 assembly of the Spiders moved from Fiat to Ferrari. The Maranello-built cars benefited from a number of amendments including: the move to independent coil-sprung rear suspension derived from the Fiat 130, superior braking and cooling, the fitment of a new 5-speed ZF gearbox and an increase in engine capacity to 2.4 litres. This resulted in a welcome 20bhp hike in horsepower and sufficient output to accelerate the Dino to 60mph in less than 8 seconds.
Offered here is an exceedingly rare Dino Spider, the Fiat one, and being 1 of only 424 examples made by Fiat, and it’s a low-ownership car. An original Italian market car with the Italian documents on file. Indeed, when the car resided in Italy it is understood to have spent a long time in the ownership of just one family. According to an Italian invoice, the car displayed just 59,366km in 1976. To date, the car’s odometer displays just 107,500 credible kilometres. In current ownership since 2003, and known ownership from new, the Dino has only two recorded keepers in the UK since it was first registered on the 29th of July 1978. The first UK keeper had brought the car to these shores from Italy.
Coming into the Dino’s second term of UK ownership in 2003, there is a copy of the original Exchange & Mart publications advert for the Dino, from that year and the catalyst for the vendor’s purchase of the car in 2003. The Dino features a 2,418 cc V6 engine with triple Weber Carburettors mated to a 5-Speed ZF Manual Gearbox and the former has previously been the subject of a previous engine tune and setup by Mass Racing. A well-maintained and serviced Dino in the current ownership, the car has also benefitted from a repaint in 2004, in a Gunmetal Grey, with other work including new stainless-steel exhaust and a new fuel pump in 2018, new front and rear bumpers, refurbished wheels and new tyres in 2019.
There are invoices on file from Techniques Motorsport Ltd of Stotfold, Herts in 2018 for the sum of just under £4,000 for practical, mechanical and cosmetic improvement (invoice on file). Included, were a fuel pump, a left-hand door mirror, engine detailing, Waxoyling of the underside, leather seat feeding, chrome detailing, the fitting of the exhaust system, front and rear bumpers and refurbished wheels.
The ownership history is as follows: 9/6/1971 Eoldo Betizzi, Cambiago, Milano; 4/8/1972 Guido Cappellotti, A. Bought for 100,000 Lire; 13/10/1975 Silvana Fontana, Milano; 20/5/1976 Silvana Gioiello Grosso, Genova; 24/3/1977 Silvana Gioiello Grosso, Genova (change of address); 9/8/1977 Pietro Pescetto 28/12/1978 (including UK); Then Cancelled from the official register (Exported to the UK); 2003 The vendor purchased the Dino from Charlotte Pescetto (Longinotto).
Accompanying is a copy of a Dino wiring diagram, the original Italian logbook, Italian documentation and a collection of MOTs and invoices that include Italian invoices (dating back to the 1970s). It’s noted the vendor looked at a number of Dino’s prior to buying the sale car which was the best example he viewed. A rare opportunity.
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