Sunday, March 15, 2015

10k: Idus Martii Report: 1968 Fiat Dino Type 135

Beware the non-idling cars of March, celebrated today on the ides of March.  Buying a car that doesn't run isn't simply a risk associated with the cost of the engine that you'll need to fix.  It also means that you can't test the transmission, brakes, suspension, steering and all the other items that need replacement.  Your good deal becomes a money pit and you are spending all your weekends fixing stuff.  The idles of March may come, but until that engine runs, they have not yet gone.  Find this 1968 Fiat Dino Type 135 here on eBay currently bidding for $8,101 with 5 days to go, located in Homestead, FL.


The Fiat Dino was created to homogolate the 2.0 liter Ferrari V6 for racing since the mid-engine Dino 206 was not produced in sufficient quantities.  The Fiat Dino Coupe is sometimes confused with Dino 206/246 as they both share a Ferrari engine and were produced at the Fiat factory when new.


The Dino is powered by an all-alloy 2.0 liter V6 with dual overhead cams and a 9.7:1 compression ratio that puts out a peak power of 160 horsepower near its 8,000 rpm redline.  Alfredo "Dino" Ferrari is credited with designing this engine and it used a novel Magneti Marelli designed capacitive discharge electronic ignition to ignite the triple weber fed fuel:air mixture at near twice the rpm of typical engines from the 60s.


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9 comments:

  1. The King of Cool said, "If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt." Wait, wrong Dean-o. But they both bear a striking resemblance.

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  2. Ides of March. You read my mind.

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  3. Cool car; scary looking rust and overall corrosion. If a good one is worth several hundred k, this would be worth the massive rebuilding by an artist required. Otherwise, craziness...

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    1. A good FIAT Dino Coupe is probably worth 30-40k, so there is no way to bring this one back from the dead unless you do all the work yourself (and your time is worth nothing).

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  5. Two spray cans in the engine compartment. One is ether to use as an aid to start recalcitrant engines. The other is spray paint for the new car owner to huff when he realizes how much it will cost to get this rare Fix It Again Tony back on the road again....

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  6. Hmmm, is the distributor driven by a chain off the right bank camshaft? It looks like the design team forgot about distributing spark until the end of the engineering process.
    also, the hood appears to have metal-flake paint, or really bad dandruff. I knew a guy years ago, that after painting his ski boat, laid the leftover paint on his girlfriends Fiat Spyder. It was really horrible.

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    1. No, the dizzy drives directly off the camshaft on the right bank via a keyed shaft that goes into the camshaft.

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  7. If you've ver heard one of these near redline you wont think Jano the Ferrari engineer forgot anything.

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