In the mid 1960s, Ferrari was in a bit of a pickle: it needed to manufacture large numbers of engine to qualify for Formula 2, but found itself a little short on building capacity. That when it turned natural partner Fiat, who was – as it happens – looking to build a sports car with real credentials. With the help of styling houses Bertone and Pininfarina, the 1967 Fiat Dino was born, with at its heart a Ferrari engine. Of course, most of the rest of the car was borrowed from the Fiat parts bin; the gearbox was from the 2300, the floorpan and the rear suspension were from the 2300S Coupe, et cetera, but it didn’t matter, the rseult worked. Fiat produced the floorpan, then sent it over to Pininfarina, who worked their magic and returned it to Fiat to fit the rest of the mechanical components. A little convoluted, certainly, but no more than many other successful ventures.
The Dino was powered by a 2-liter, 65-degree V6 developing 160, which was later upgraded to a 2.4-liter displacement, and 180 horsepower output. Performance was more than acceptable, with a 130 miles per hour top speed, and 8.1 seconds to 60 mph.
The partnership established to produce the 1967 Fiat Dino was so successful and comfortable that it led Fiat to purchase Ferrari in 1969, accomplishing what Ford could not and taming the stallion!