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Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1985)

December 6th, 2007 by Rolph · 3 Comments

You look out of the window, and you see this driving through the street:

Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1985)Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1985)

What kind of car is this?! It looks somewhat classical Alfa Romeo, but what model then?! Time to leave the computer, this is as good a time as any to go grocery shopping! This part of Coolhaven is mostly for resident traffic, chances are that this car is stopping very nearby. Let’s find out.

And indeed, this oldie has stopped a hundred meters from my house, the driver is fetching some parcels or whatever. The car is a bit worn-down, and missing all batches and signs. One thing is sure, it is no Alfa Romeo. And another thing, the driver is a wanker. To show the world that, although apparently somebody likes the car so much he is taking pictures, he of course doesn’t care a bit for it. He actually starts kicking the boot shut, because the parcels are a bit big for a open sports car… Pfff, I’ve got a dozen Ferrari’s at home, this car is a rust bucket. Something like that. Idiot. Oh well. Let’s forget him, pictures!

Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1985)Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1985)Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1985)Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1985)Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1985)Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1985)Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1985)

Fiat started building these cars in 1966, and continued to do so till 1985. If wikipedia is to be believed, most of those cars ended up in the USA. Which explains why I had some trouble recognizing the car… Again, the body design by infamous Pirinfarina, no surprise really. Some of the design features were copied from earlier Pininfarina designs, for instance the Chevrolet Corvette Rondine and the Ferrari 275 Spider. As I understand it, the car aimed to be a relatively low cost sporty cabriolet, and was moderately successful in that aim. The Abarth version as well as the ‘regular’ Sport Spider have participated in quite some rallyes, mostly in the seventies. With a Lampredi engine, it is no suprise this Fiat can perform!

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Tags: Cabriolet/Convertible · Fiat

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rolph // Dec 6, 2007 at 11:48

    A nice owner’s manual site, in Dutch though…

    http://home.wirehub.nl/~edalkema/

  • 2 lumberjack // Jan 9, 2008 at 23:43

    My uncle used to drive this car in Nederland, a village near Boulder, Colorado! He had a hunting cabin there in some woodlands, and my aunt would refuse to drive with him in his (huntin’) GMC pick-up, so he bought this charming Sport Spider to cruise though the hillside. As a boy i adored this European open car. I never imagined i would end up on a Dutch carblog, greetings from the States

    Jack

  • 3 Jan // Jan 10, 2008 at 11:20

    I suspect you didn’t imagine to end up on any carblog, which probably didn’t exist then.

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