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Lot 145: Fiat Dino Coupe

Classic - Collectors and Historic Motor Cars, Barons (9 December 2008)

The Fiat Dino was manufactured between 1967 and 1973. By producing the Fiat Dino Ferrari was able to achieve the necessary production numbers to homologate Alfredo Ferrari's V6 engine for Formula 2 racing. Ferrari also went on to produce a mid-engined Dino of its own, the 206 and 246.

The Fiat Dino was first offered with a 2.0-litre, 160 horsepower V-6, with a 5-speed manual transmission. It was the first Fiat engine equipped with dual overhead camshafts. This engine was later enlarged to a 2.4-liter, 180 horsepower unit in 1969. Performance was impressive, with a 0-60 MPH time of less than 8 seconds. Fuel was delivered via three Weber 40DCNF carburettors. The coupe and Spyder were designed by two different Italian houses. Pininfarina for the spider and a Bertone for the coupe.

This 1969 example of the 2.4 litre coupe was once owned by the son of Peter Sellers and is complete with a letter from Fiat to Mr Sellers confirming a build date of October 1969 and supply to a German dealer. There is also a photograph of the car outside the Sellers Swiss home and an old registration document showing Michael Sellers as the registered keeper.

The car is offered complete with extensive history, which not only substantiates its earlier history but also demonstrates that there has been considerable expenditure in recent times and great attention to detail. This is further demonstrated by the sourcing of the correct Michelin XWX 205 x 70 x 14 tyres as originally fitted.

Said to be in good condition and to drive very well, the car is offered complete with MoT through to March 2009 and free historic tax through to August 2009. It is said to have been extremely reliable and all electric's are said to be functioning, including the town and country horns.

A rare, beautiful coupe offering Italian styling and performance, plus exclusivity.

Lot Details
Auction Classic - Collectors and Historic Motor Cars
Barons, Esher Hall, Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey
TypeCar
Lot Number145
Estimate£8000-£10000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£6750
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1969
Condition rating0
Registration numberFYY208H
Mileage-
Chassis number135BC0003725
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2