“I” or “Y”: ’72 Fiat 124 Spider
First things first. Is it Spider or Spyder? We think Italians spell it with an “I” and Germans with a “Y”. What say you? Of course no matter how you spell it, the reference dates back to a sporty horse drawn carriage with big wheels and 2 seats. It was said to look like a spider hence the name. The Fiat 124 Spider and its stablemate Coupe were really excellent little sports cars particularly early cars like this ’72. Go through the list – 1600cc, DOHC, 5-speed transmission – all add up to lots of fun for the money. The styling is from Pininfarina and has aged really well. Pininfarina actually built the Spiders while the Coupes were built by Fiat. It is a rare sight to see one of these that photographs well. They were not known for their longevity so when you see a potential survivor, it is refreshing. We like the color combination even though it is a bit more British than Italian. The seller isn’t big on description and we don’t think this car will sell for big money. But here is the cool part – for little money you’ll get to go to Italian car festivals and be as welcome as someone in a Lusso. See it here on eBay.