If I were more of an Italian car guy, I’d imagine the Fiat Dino would be akin to the rare, classic BMWs just within the reach of my project car budget. Like an S38-powered M6 or M5, the Dino is a car you can likely afford to buy, but the maintenance and restoration costs can put the whole proposition into a different cost category altogether. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Jim S. for the find.
And it’s unfortunate, really – who doesn’t love the idea of a car wearing the everyman badge of Fiat with a Ferrari-sourced V6 up front? While not necessarily a sleeper by its most stringent definition (and with a body like that, everybody is expecting at least some action), the cocktail of cheap-car heritage with exotic-car credentials is one that’s hard to resist.
The seller claims this particular Dino has only 18,000 miles from new and is halfway through restoration – in this case, the only details offered is that there’s been a lot of work done to the body but it’s not close to being finished – and he doesn’t even get into any of the car’s likely mechanical needs. Since he’s got five Dinos kicking around, I’m guessing he knows a thing or two about restoring them and hopefully, the body is as nice in person as it appears in photos.
You can judge the quality of the work done so far for yourself here on eBay, and the seller has already listed a second example in silver, also here on eBay. He’ll make a deal of $100,000 for the whole lot, which may seem like the deal of a lifetime for a Dino fanatic. If I’m blowing that much money in one shot, however, I want to bring home a variety of makes, models and shapes – but I’d certainly make sure there’s at least one M5 and M6 in the bundle. If you were going to spend 100 large, would you buy all of the same models or mix it up a bit?