Fiat Dino 2000 Tyres
- The earlier, and more numerous cars, the 1967-1969 fiat Dino 2000 coupe and spider originally fitted a 185R15 Michelin XAS tyres.
- Currently Longstone Tyres would suggest the 185 HR 14 Michelin MXV-P as the best for a Dino 2000.
- It is the carcass of these Michelin tyres that makes the handling of cars like the Dino direct and predictable.
- You can fit the 205/70R14 tyres that were fitted to the later 2400 Dino onto the earlier Fiat 2000 car and the series Due Dino 2000 Spider and Coupes.
- Many Fiat Dino owners feel the 185 makes the handling of the lighter car (alloy block vs iron block) much sweeter.
- However we would suggest that if you do want to move up to the 205/70R14 tyre size, fitting the tyre Fiat found suited the car best, the 205/70 WR 14 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36 which will diminish the derogatory effects of fitting a larger tyre.
- These period tyres were developed to be fitted to a car like this and still provide progressive handling, whereas a more modern tyre will be developed to fit to a very different kind of car.
- For these tyres the best fitting inner tube is the Michelin 14F inner tube.
2400 Fiat Dino Tyres
- In October 1969 Fiat released the new Dino 2400, which was produced through till 1973. The increased engine capacity improved the low down torque which improved its behaviour in traffic.
- Also in 1968 low profile tyres had been invented and PIRELLI had introduced its CINTURATO ™ CN36 so the new 2400 Dino took advantage of this new technology, and fitted 205/70R14 PIRELLI CINTURATO which we would suggest would still be perfect tyres for the later 2400 Dino.
- As an alternative there is also the 205/70VR14 Michelin XWX that was fitted to the Ferrari Dino.
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History of the Fiat Dino
The Fiat Dino debuted as a 2-seater Spider at the Turin Motor Show in October 1966; a 2+2 Coupé variant, constructed on a 270 mm larger wheelbase, debuted a few months later at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1967. The two bodies had quite distinct lines since they were conceived and built for Fiat by two separate coachbuilders: the Spider by Pininfarina and the Coupé by Bertone—where it had been drawn out by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
The Spider's interior décor was subpar compared to the Coupé's. The dashboard was covered in vinyl, the metal-spoke steering wheel had a plastic rim, and the inside switchgear was borrowed from lesser Fiat vehicles. After a few months, the issue was resolved, and Spiders built after February 1967 featured a wood-rimmed steering wheel as well as wood trim on the dashboard, as the sibling Coupé vehicle had from the start. Option lists for both models were restricted to radios, metallic paint, leather upholstery, and a vinyl-covered hardtop with roll-bar type stainless steel trim for the Spider.
The vehicle was available with an all-aluminium DOHC 2.0 L V6 and a 5-speed manual gearbox. The same 2.0-litre engine was used in the mid-engined, Ferrari-built Dino 206 GT, which was pre-production at the 1967 Turin Motor Show and went on sale in 1968.
Fiat declared 158 horsepower for the Fiat Dino, whereas Ferrari claimed 180 hp for the first prototype of the Dino 206 GT in 1967, despite the fact that both engines were produced by Fiat employees in Turin on the same production line, with no prejudice as to their destination. In "Les Ferraris de Turin," Jean-Pierre Gabriel observes that "la déclaration de Ferrari ne reposait sur aucun fondament technique"; Ferrari's assertion had no technical foundation. The underlying cause for this discrepancy was a miscalculation between SAE and DIN power output quotes.