Four-Car All-Star Fiat Comparo - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

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2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Four-Car All-Star Fiat Comparo

February 07, 2012

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We were doing some business at Cars and Coffee last weekend and found ourselves parked in a pretty remote spot when this big white car slotted in beside us.

So, which car would you rather have, a red Fiat 500 Sport or a white Ferrari F430 Scuderia?

Yeah, well, us too. Strangely enough, our little part of the weekly 400-car C/C show had a little something to it, as you can see from this picture of a multi-car comparison.


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So how many Fiats do you see in this picture?

There’s the Fiat 500, of course. Then there’s the Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

Then you have a Fiat Dino Spider, a front-engine, rear-drive Fiat-designed car with Pininfarina bodywork and a Ferrari-designed, Fiat-built V6 engine. Built between 1966 and 1973, this car homologated the V6 for Ferrari’s use in racing.

And finally there’s the Ferrari 246 GT, built between 1968 and 1976 and powered by the same V6. Originally both this car and the Fiat Dino were both marketed under the brand name of “Dino,” a tribute to Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredino, to whom the Old Man always attributed the V6 concept. Both cars were meant as alternatives to the Porsche 911, which had created a whole new market for affordable sports cars.

The Dino brand created more problems than it solved, though, so the 246 GT – Ferrari’s first mid-engine car — finally became a Ferrari while the front-engine car became a Fiat. At least that’s how we understand the story.

What the heck, we really see four Fiats in this picture, anyway. Funny how we all came together just by chance.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 11,755 miles

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