Atsa nice: ’72 Fiat 124 Spider
Pininfarina designed some lovely Spiders for Fiat and the 124 is probably the nicest. The 124 Spider/Coupe was a lower price and lower performance alternative to Alfa Romeo. When introduced in 1966, the car sported a 1500 cc DOHC four-cylinder engine that over the years went up and down in displacement several times. Most of the cars sold in the U.S.were equipped with a single Weber carburetor. What a sweet little engine it is. But the big problem with these cars is the materials they used to keep the price competitive. And that is why so few have survived the ravages of time. You will see the later cars, the ones with big rubber bumpers or the last versions known as the Pininfarina Azzura. But the graceful early cars are rare in good condition. That doesn’t mean they are valuable. Just desirable as a fun alternative to an MGB or Triumph. The seller does not provide any information other than it has 79,000 miles and it is in French Blue which we like very much. The pictures suggest it is worth a second look. The engine compartment looks okay and the tags aren’t painted over. You need to have a look at the bottom and the lower body. Transmission synchros are not a strength of any Italian car. We would be surprised if 2nd gear can be had without a crunch. But, you never know. The seller wants $8,500 for it and you want to know what? You can get a decent Alfa Romeo Spider for the same money. So this one must be spectacular to warrant that much money. Check out the eBay listing by clicking here.