Fiat 124 Spider
- One of Fiat’s most attractive cabriolets
- Interesting alternative to British roadsters
- Preserved in original condition
Chassis number: 124CS10104274
Starting price: 45 000 PLN (estimated 60 000 – 80 000)
(10 600€/ 14 100-18 800€)
Engine: 1.8-litre, L4
Power output: 87 break horsepower
Other: manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive
Legal condition: registered in Poland, “yellow” vintage number plates
The Fiat 124 Sport Spider was unveiled for the first time at the Turin Motor Show in November 1966. Its underpinnings, including shortened body frame, were sourced from the regular Fiat 124. Its body was designed and manufactured by the Italian Pininfarina studio. Initially it received a 1438 cc twin cam engine and five-speed gearbox. Disc brakes and intermittent windshield wipers were fitted as standard. In 1968 Fiat 124 Spider was introduced in the American market, and a year later Europe saw the second series of the model. It was distinguished by the larger engine displacing 1608 cc. Makeover included the body, with restyled front fascia and shape of the taillights. Third series of the Fiat 124 went on sale in 1972. Powertrain was also modified this time and were sourced from the larger Fiat 132. They displaced 1.6 and 1.8 litres respectively. The car was hugely popular on the other side of the pond. As a result of this, Fiat’s board of directors decided to shift the entire production volume in the United States. Four years later a newer engine displacing 1995 cc was introduced, resulting in changing the name to Spider 2000. It wasn’t until 1981 that the car was put back on sale in Europe, courtesy of Pininfarina. In 1982 Fiat kept making the Spider 200 and Pininfarina made its own version known in the USA as the Pininfarina Spider Azzurra and the Pininfarina Spider Europa in Europe. The Azzurra featured tons of equipment, including leather upholstery, stereo or power windows. A supercharged version developing 135 break horsepower also has to be mentioned. The Spider was also tuned by Abarth, a company taken over by Fiat in the early 70s. The Fiat 124 Abarth Rally was one of the most recognizeable rally cars made by this company. Overall a total of 200 000 Spiders were made in various versions, most of which were sold in the USA.
The Fiat 124 Spider presented here left the factory in the first year of production (1975) of the batch destined entirely for the American market. The car was imported to Poland from the United States about 1.5 year ago. Exact ownership history is not entirely clear, but judging by the car’s condition it must have been used with due care. The Fiat is maintained in original condition, only rear right fender was repainted, there are also tiny patches on the bodywork. The paintwork was appropriately refurbished and protected against rust. The car features a new roof cover, which was replaced one year ago and is still under warranty. At the same time door and roof seals were also replaced. All trim pieces and accessories have been refreshed and made complete, a new rear-view mirror and some plastic bits of trim were bought on the aftermarket. Under the bonnet there’s a 1.8-litre, 87 break-horsepower engine. The engine has had its spark plugs, oil and filters replaced and underwent a regular maintenance. The car is mechanically sound, the only thing that the prospective buyer will have to sort out is the braking system. Fortunately its current owner will provide all necessary parts.
This white Fiat 124 Spider is a perfect choice for those looking for a stylish cabriolet to drive in the spring and summer season. It’s an interesting alternative to British roadsters and it becomes increasingly difficult to find such a well maintained example.