1972 FIAT DINO 2.4 SPYDER. VIN #1496
In 1969 Fiat had bought a controlling interest in Ferrari and had decided to up their image by taking control of the road car manufacture, leaving Enzo to concern himself with his beloved racers.
Between 1969 and 1972 Fiat made about 5 million cars but only 424 Fiat 2.4 Dino spyder’s were ever made. The real reason for this is that these special Fiats were, unlike the 2.0 liter Dino’s, manufactured at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, near Modena. The 2.0 liter Dino’s were manufactured at the Fiat Rivalta Plant and by moving the construction of the 2.4 liter Dino’s to Ferrari, it meant that the “new” Dino’s would benefit from the higher quality of production control and assembly obtainable in a smaller, more specialized concern. It also helped that the other, 246, Dino’s were also being completed at Maranello along with the current 12 cylinder road models, the Daytona’s and the 365 GT’s.
The 2.4 liter Series was first shown at the Turin show in November 1969. Production of the Fiat Dino 2.4 spyder was almost 1/8th of that of the 246 GT and GTS models, yet had basically identical power plants. The 2.4 Fiat Dino is the only 246 Ferrari-engined true convertible as opposed to the Targa-top Dino’s. Rarest of all the breeds, even rarer than the Lancia Stratos, which produced over 500 cars.
The difference between the 2.0 liter and the 2.4 liter began with the external appearance. Virtually it appeared the same except most of the cars came with a matt black plastic front grille, relieved by two centrally-placed horizontal bars in chrome. Wrap around bumpers, both front and rear with a thick, central rubber insert. Most cars came with lower sill/rocker panels painted in Matt black. New “bolt-on” Chromodora Mag wheels from the Ferrari 246 models. The Pininfarina coachwork badge was replaced by Fiat Dino strips behind the front wheels by a cast-in side indicator light surround. The coachwork badge now appeared in its normal, larger, form on the lower panel behind the doors. The Fiat Dino script on the 2-liter rear panel was replaced by two separate badges, saying “Dino 2400”.
The car was lengthened by 25mm, though the wheel base remained the same. Other than the door sections and air-vent panel in front of the wind-screen, no body panela are interchangeable between the apparently identically-bodied 2-liter and 2.4-liter cars. Though they may look the same the 2.4 liter cars are superior in almost every respect.
The interior was very similar to the series two, 2-liter cars with the exception that the seats now could be ordered with the optional headrests or in leather.
The 2.4 cars had a new 4 cam engine with 20 bhp more fed by three twin-choke Weber 40 DCNF 12 carburetors; Upgraded electronic ignition “Dinoplex”, later cars with twin coils. Sound deadening foil covered, heat-resistant padding was added beneath the engine bonnet. A new ZF 5 speed gearbox was added; bigger starter motor, new independent rear suspension; improved braking and cooling with larger 4 wheel discs and larger radiator; more power; 25% more torque; a larger fuel tank and Pirelli CN36 VR rated tires were standard or the larger optional Michelin XWX 205 VR tires. The standard wheel was the Cromodora 6 ½ X 14 inch or the Campagnolo 7” wheels available as an option though few were ordered this way. This car retains the original Cromodora wheels, dated 1971, and have the original XWX tires.
This particular car, Dino 2.4 Spyder # 1496 was manufactured in late 1971 and sold new to Monsieur Jean Pierre Molon on July 7th, 1972 in Geneva, Switzerland for the sum of 34,000 Fr. Francs. Mr. Molon kept this car until 2015, being the only owner and having covered approx. 15,000 miles in total since new. He sent the car back to France in 1977, to the region of Aix-les-Bains, where it remained in garage storage until 2015. This car comes with its original logbook, original title and warranty card, original owner’s manual, service manual, factory sales brochure and invoices as well as the purchase invoice along with its two sets of original keys all in the original folder supplied by the selling Fiat Dealer, “Plantamour Autos S.A”, in Geneva. There is also accompanying photo albums documenting the detail work done to the car, showing the “before and after” results of the work done. It also has its original, jack, 22mm lug wrench, jack bag, most of the tools and spare tire. It’s sits on its original Michelin XWX tires that are dated 1970 as well as the original R.I.V. shocks, which are in excellent working condition.
There are some unique things found on the car, like the maintenance tag still attached by a thread to the radiator overflow tank with a maintenance date of 1976, believed to be the last time the car was driven in France, though he did register the car every year up to 1998 as evidence from the last sticker on the windshield. There are some original markings on the top of the differential, transmission, suspension arms and brake hubs that this expert has never seen. Also the rear springs appear to have originally been painted green, which we have never seen before. The headlight surrounds still have their little rubber screw protectors, these being lost the first time someone changes a light bulb, which by the way are the original Carrello, JOD lights.
Mr. Molon always kept the car maintained and kept it in its complete original condition. The original exhaust system and mufflers were mostly good on the car, the exception being that 4 of 6 silencers were rusted and replaced with N.O.S parts and still retain the original tags. The two mufflers are original and in excellent condition as well. The engine compartment still retains the original hoses and clamps as they left the factory some 44 years ago. They still appeared soft and supple, so were not replaced, even the original Pirelli fan belt is still on the car. The decals on the air cleaner, coil, distributor, Dinoplex, washer bottle and regulator are all still there as new and original. The lettering on the ID tag still appears new and un-faded. This car retains the later original, sealed Dinoplex system as was used on the Ferrari Dino’s. The interior is as new and original. The factory original soft top appears as new with the special rear zip out window un-faded. The top has some very unique qualities to it never found on reproduction tops, like the FFF zipper and fob, the special padding at the top where the window meets and the special vinyl used on the vertical ends. The top bows have all their special hardware, screws and rubber bumper’s. The carpets, foot pads, the dash, the wood grain, the seats and even the seat foam still appear to be new in its original “snake skin” vinyl. Even under the seats the foam is like new and still pliable. Under the front seats evidence was found of the original plastic covering that came from the factory to protect the carpets before reaching the dealers. It has its original “Autovox” radio and speakers working perfectly as does the clock, city and country horns.
There’s a letter from the “Touring Club of France”, dated Nov. 15th, 1976, which it appears the car left registration in Switzerland and was driven and accepted on July 13th, 1977 in France. In April of 2015 the car was treated to a full tune up which included cleaning of the entire fuel system and brake service by the garage, “de la Poste”, in France.
This Dino was then sent to Los Angeles, California where it went through more than 150 hours of servicing and detailing by a Fiat Dino expert to preserve all the original components of the car to make it a potential “Preservation Winner” at any Concours de Elegance worldwide. No paint touch-ups or undercoating was used, only rust inhibitor solution was used in areas where surface rust was appearing. A transparent, non-silicone, absorbent dressing was used in other areas of the engine compartment, chassis and wheel wells. Great care was used in cleaning all electrical contacts in order to insure that all instruments and components were working properly.
This is a true “time capsule” car and possibly the nicest, low mileage, original Fiat 2.4 Dino Spyder known on the planet. This car is ready for show and go.