Pronto, buon compleanno! And what other cast to celebrate this day then the most sunny Fiat for ages: the Fiat Dino Spider. As winter finally seems to have taken over I had this one planned for today anyway, it’s getting harder to get rid of the winter depressions every day.
The story is a well known one I suppose: Ferrari had a new Formula 2 engine which could only be used if the base engine, of maximum 6 cylinders, was mounted in at least 500 cars built within 12 months. As Ferrari production numbers were barely over 500 for their V12 models it seemed to be a bit of a challenge so Enzo teamed up with Fiat.
But somehow all of this didn’t end up the way Enzo thought it would have: instead of creating a new brand together, named Dino after Enzo’s late son, Fiat build these under their own name to get the ultimate image-booster. A Fiat with a Ferrari engine.
And this wasn’t the only thing Enzo was a bit disappointed about: he expected the engines to be build in Maranello but Fiat’s management insisted it to be a Torino production. And the one with the largest budget wins such an argument most of the time.
And Fiat even created two cars. They had Bertone design a beautiful Coupé and had Pininfarina come up with this curvaceous Spider. And to me personally that’s instantly the issue I’ve got with this one as it just seems to be too many bends, curves and bumps. But it sounds awesome anyway. Just check this youtube movie.
And yes: the Dino Coupé was actually used in the original The Italian Job. As a car the Maffia was using. And some of you might know my affection for the Dino 2400 Coupé...
But that Coupé is for another time. Back to this 2400 Spider (there was a 2.0 V6 first but if you’ve read 13’s post about the Dino 246 GT you already know). It’s a 1/43 DeAgostini I don’t even remember getting. And it certainly isn’t great. It’s decent, those Cromodora wheels could be way better though. Kyosho proved this already with their 1/64 246 GTS.
And don’t zoom too much as you’ll see dust everywhere. As it is a cheap DeAgostini I don’t have a proper show case and it’s like a magnet to dust without one. Which I, of course, only noted after seeing the pictures on my screen...
That interior is actually pretty nice, steering wheel looks legit as does the wood on the dash. Remember: this is no 1/18 and it’s just 4 or 5 euros.
And although the script is correct on the back when it comes to the actual script used, it’s position is wrong. And the rear lights... The white reverse gear lights are never the biggest part of any rear light. So they were not on the Dino Spider either.
And that paint isn’t the best either. Nevertheless: Like it a lot. But that’s mainly due to personal circumstances.
So that’s it for today. I really hope Jeff has a nice birthday and I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and thanksgiving. Grazie tutti e saluti!!!