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Shop Work: The Fabulous 50

We Poll Our Readers for Their Picks of the 50 Best Sports Cars of All Time.

Shop Work: Windup Sports Cars: Small Sizes Can Yield Big Fun

These little and supposedly underpowered sports cars--windup sports cars, some call them--not only offer great value, but they can be a lot of sports car fun both on the street and at the track.

Buyer's Guides: A Vintage Italian Job: The Fiat 1500 OSCA

Paul Smith’s rare Fiat boasts an interesting history and a direct connection to the company.

Buyer's Guides: Mid-Engine Madness

Ferrari vs. Fiat: Two Italian Sexpots Share a Common Flavor

Columns: Andy's Advice: Upside Down

Andy Reid gets in a little too deep with his Fiat 124 Spider.

Data & Communication: Tech Tips: Fiat X1/9

We asked for some practical advice about the Fiat X1/9 from some friends in the field.

Restoration & Renovation: Tech Tips: 1957-'75 Fiat 500

Want to learn how to keep a classic Fiat running like new?

Buyer's Guides: Tech Tips: Fiat 124 Spider

What does it take to keep one of Fiat's classic roadsters on the street?

Buyer's Guides: Collecting Smalls: Tiny Cars Can Yield Big Thrills

Wonder if a small car can really be fun? Just ask any Mini owner.

Buyer's Guides: Window Shopper: Fiat 124 Sport Spider

Fiat 124 Sport Spiders are great cars, yet sadly they rarely get the respect they deserve.

Depreciation Station: Depreciation Station: 2012+ Fiat 500 Abarth

The Fiat 500 Abarth follows a formula similar to the MINI Cooper S: Add just the right amount of sport to a competent small car. All at the right price.

Fiat project cars

1968 124 Spider

One of the nicest examples of a first-year Spider we've seen, but it still needs some attention before we'll be satisfied.

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Fiat Readers' Rides

Nov 13, 2010 by Jumper K Balls (Trent)
1971 Fiat '71 850 Berlina

1971 *50 Berlina (sedan) Turbocharged and fuel injected 903cc motor. EDIS ignition, GSXR sport bike brake calipers, Megasquirt EFI, 15" panasports, custom height adjustable rear suspension, Darn near 100hp at ...

Jul 17, 2009 by wnorton
1976 Fiat 124

my version of a streetable vintage racer

Jun 07, 2010 by klharper
1978 Fiat 124

The shot is from a tour I did in Mexico a few years back. It is between Durango and Mazatlan on a road the locals call cola del diablo or ...

Jul 16, 2009 by carmelita124
Fiat 124 Spider

'71 with slight cosmetic mods and engine upgrade to 1.8 with hi comp pistons,performance carb and cam.

Feb 04, 2010 by engineerted
1978 Fiat 124 Spider

My First Fiat, this is the results of three years of restoration.

Mar 15, 2010 by engineerted
1974 Fiat 124 Spider

My Race Car, SCCA F-Production Class,

Aug 02, 2010 by Andy Reid
1968 Fiat 124 Spider

The nicest early spider in the world I would guess, especially after 7 grand of paint and every other thing attended to. Original interior, extensive service records and on 63k ...

Aug 12, 2011 by Raze
1972 Fiat 124 Spider

1972 Sport Spider

1608 Engine

32/36 DFEV Weber Carb

Reman 5 speed Trans

ANSA style exhaust

Work to date:

Fluid flush

Installed new battery bracket from Southwest Speed

New ...

Jun 12, 2010 by Ovide
1974 Fiat 124 Spider -1800

All in original condition, except repainted when bought by the Original owner (she didn’t like the lime color). She drove it only in the summer a few times then would ...

Nov 11, 2011 by AndreGT6
1972 Fiat 124 Spider Race Car

My vintage racer. Bought the Fiat in 2009 as a track day car. Prepped for the 2010 season and did two races. Amazing experience.

Jul 16, 2009 by Coupefan
Fiat 124 Sport Coupe

'73 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe: The alternative to the more common talked about and written about Datsun 510, BMW 2002, Alfa GTVs etc. All original mechanicals: 1600 cc DOHC, 5 ...

Jul 16, 2009 by fiatfreak
Fiat 124 Sport Spider

'69 w/ full ground-up restoration. Every fastener replated! I swapped in my favorite version of Fiats twin cam, the 1.8, and added fuel injection from the later 2.0 cars to ...

Oct 28, 2011 by leeputmanjr
1974 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

Purchased from the original owner in 2008, the car has been in storage since 1977! Most of 2009 was spent replacing & fixing every mechanical system on the car. It ...

Sep 30, 2010 by mike_rbe
1978 Fiat 124 spyder

unrestored, mostly original with a few performance enhancements.

Aug 13, 2009 by Robmose
1979 Fiat 128 3p Coupe

Recent find. Believe it or not this car is in great condition. The floors need doing and the paint is tired but thats it. The engine runs well. My short ...

Jul 29, 2009 by bristic
1977 Fiat 128 sport

It was great ride with about 60K miles. The engine is carburated stock 1.3L 4 speed. It started showing some minor paint bubling behind rear wheels few years ago. I ...

Sep 30, 2010 by bluevr6
Fiat 1985 Bertone x-1/9

19,900 orig miles. Tons of fun?

Sep 30, 2010 by dmbe11
1980 Fiat 2000 Spider

40,000 original miles in perfect condition. The car is fun to drive and requires very little maintenance.

Jul 16, 2009 by Stang67
Fiat 2008 Fiat 500

This car was imported by Jim McGill from Ireland. Jim is know for his travels all over the world in his wee little Fiat Panda. I have the honor of ...

Jan 11, 2010 by Rev.Bubba
Fiat 500L

This is my 1971 Fiat 500L. It is currently stripped and sandblasted. It will be rebuilt as an Abarth 595 SS. I love this car and hope to race it ...

Apr 12, 2010 by BrettM
1959 Fiat 600

This car is currently undergoing a complete restoration. The body was very solid and I found her in the condition shown in the first photo. the paint has been done ...

Aug 08, 2009 by mickmack22
1970 Fiat 850 Spider

We race a 1970 850 Spider that's been cleaned up for SOVREN Racing

Feb 17, 2011 by Fiatracer
1967 Fiat 850 Spider


Jan 20, 2011 by rruben
1971 Fiat 850 Sport

Fiat 850 Spider That I have had Since 1998. Restored in 2001, no bolt left unturned. Great driver with useful upgrades including, electronic ignition, electric fuel pump, Superlite wheels, air ...

Jul 23, 2010 by Muck
1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider

Inherited from my dad after many shared years enjoying this car

Jul 16, 2009 by x19doc
Fiat BERTONE FAZA 2,0ltr "T-REX"-X1/9

Highly modifyed X1/9, 2,0ltr TC engine, 160PS,additional Oil-cooling system, Lancia Transmisson, FIAT Fuel injectionsystem,exaustsystem from 944 Porsche), suspension, UK- Wheels, FAZA Rearspoiler-lid,Color: GENESIS VIOLET....

Nov 17, 2010 by Oto
1959 Fiat Bianchina Trasformabile

Not really a Fiat, but has Fiat running gear. Has been in the family since the early 60's and sat in a barn for 25 years before I restored it.

Nov 13, 2010 by Haz
1970 Fiat Lombardi Grand Prix

Fiat based coach built un-federalized european model. One liter, 1450 lb's of fun. The closest you can get to running sitting down.

Oct 13, 2009 by BrettM
1999 Fiat Multipla

This Fiat Multipla was imported by Jim Magill from Ireland. It is a RHD model from the UK and runs great. jim brought this car over to tour the US ...

Sep 30, 2010 by Duane_Estill
1983 Fiat Pininfarina Spider

Pininfarina 124 Spider Europa. That's the 'official' name of the car, essentially it's just an FI Fiat Spider with minor refinements. It is interesting because 1983 was the first year ...

Apr 27, 2011 by rconlon
1979 Fiat Spider 2000

Red weekend warrior. Cromadora wheels. I have been restoring this car with mostly original 1979 parts but for a high performance Weber carburator. I have used it about 5,000 miles ...

Nov 05, 2009 by kec6445
1974 Fiat Sport Coupe

My weekender hobby.....going on five years now. Exterior 99% complete, need new interior work.

Sep 30, 2010 by timnorth
1988 Fiat X 1/9

The 1988 was the last year the X 1/9 was sold in the U.S. I have only found two other X 1/9's with higher VIN numbers indicating that this may ...

Jul 06, 2011 by zaosan
1977 Fiat X 1/9 serie speciale

Bought new back in 1977, immediately detached the waist-line stripes, fitted Campagnolo Bertone electron wheels & fully converted it to max street legal sport specs (133 bhp). Since all modifications ...

Sep 13, 2010 by Roostah
1982 Fiat X-1/9

1982 Fiat X-1/9, modified with full race suspension. Koni, dual Adj., Eibach springs, coil overs. 1500FI currently turbo'd. Tuning to follow!

Feb 18, 2019 by Coupefan
1982 Fiat X1/9

Newly painted and an interior very soon. No mods, daily driver at 34 mpg all around. 265,000 miles, 2nd owner if I don't count former girlfriend who used braille method ...

Oct 24, 2011 by PV
Fiat X1/9

1974 restored to pretty much stock European specification with some period correct modifications.

Jul 16, 2009 by Slegs
1987 Fiat X1/9

This is my 4th X (and my second wife)... It is an '87 model and although it was just fine to begin with, I decided to convert it to right ...

Apr 17, 2011 by fiatfreak
Fiat X1/9

The best of both worlds: the clean lines of the early cars paired w/ the larger FI engine and 5 speed of the later. I started with an '85, removed ...

Sep 13, 2010 by PapaTony
Fiat X1/9

Black-Tooth... Over 165K on the same mill...

Sep 30, 2010 by Stockton_Brad
1981 Fiat X1/9

1981... Previous owner made following performance upgrades: Head milled to give 9.3:1 compression. All ports matched and throttle body bell mouthed. Abarth intake and exhaust valves. PBS SX-1 cam set ...

Jan 20, 2010 by m4ff3w
Fiat X1/9

Not pretty & slow, but fun!

Jan 20, 2010 by BillGiltzow
1981 Fiat X1/9

Tri-Y header, Megasquirt, body weight reduction program, stock(8.5/1) compression, 175/70-13 SumitomoHTR200. Did 2:00.012 at Shenandoah on April 8. Come run with us in EMRA

Sep 13, 2010 by RCRX19
1982 Fiat X1/9

I have owned my X1/9 for 13 years. It is a vary fast street friendly autox car. I belong to the Chicago chapter of FLU and Xweb. My favorite parts ...

Sep 13, 2010 by bbrown
1986 Fiat X1/9

This is (yet again) a rare version of the X, especially in New England. This is an original rust-free car purchased from the initial owner out of NC, this car ...

Jan 20, 2010 by Robmose
1979 Fiat X1/9

I bought this car when I was 17 in 1984. It is now in the process of being fully restored.

Aug 02, 2011 by mcheatham
1978 Fiat X1/9

Here's my '78 X1/9. She's got some nice performance upgrades that increase her hp and top speed significantly. Five speed from a later model has been added. Nice clear infinity ...

Jul 16, 2009 by carmelita124
Fiat X1/9 Bertone

'84 50% restored and awaiting more.

Aug 02, 2011 by BrettM
1981 Fiat X1/9 (Euro model)

I have owned this 1981 X1/9 since 1988. I found the car in south FL and purchased it from a nice English lady who lived the winter in south FL ...

Sep 13, 2010 by dallaraturbo
Fiat X1/9 dallara turbo

x1/9 fitted with a dallara bodykit, mk1 uno turbo engine, 15 inch three piece split rim alloys, black leather interior, homemade exhaust. Have added more pics from Bonnie Dundee, Scotland, ...

Sep 30, 2010 by rossofoz
1980 Fiat X19

Australian car 1300 4 speed

Fiat Ran When Parked

Found a Fiat in Tulsa, OK on Jan. 31, 2008

Toby Smith saw this car near Tulsa, Oklahoma on I-44.

Found a Fiat in Los Molinos, CA on Feb. 8, 2008

Ghia 1500 Coupe. Located in Northern CA. Looks pretty complete. Lots of rust. Owner is looking to sell for 2000. A rare car worth saving.

Found a Fiat in Franklin county, NC on May 21, 2008

A FIAT 600 race car. This car had a Abarth-style engine cover prop and a dash full of toggle switches. I failed to photograph either of those things.

Found a Fiat in Seminole, OK on July 25, 2008

This forlorn Fiat Spider has found a new life as a lawn ornament with a famous driver at a wrecker yard along Hwy 9. It was spotted in December 2006. Cheers Ron

Found a Fiat in Inlet, NY on Aug. 16, 2008

I’m not too familiar with the X1/9, but you don’t seem them around anymore. It is the era that had the “Bertone” logo on the C pillar. The registration sticker expired in May of …

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Sept. 25, 2008

Here is my 59 Fiat 600 as I found her.

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Sept. 25, 2008

Fiat 600D from 1964, I think. This one ran until the generator stopped. It has been sitting in this very spot for many years.

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Sept. 25, 2008

Really old Fiat 2300. This car was running when they parked it here. The story goes that the owner was selling the car and a test driver crashed into a tree due to brake …

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Oct. 6, 2008

Collection of preserved “ran when parked” micro cars in Knoxville.

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Oct. 6, 2008

More Micro “ran when parked”

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Oct. 7, 2008

This X1/9 ran until it was parked in this very spot some 13+ years ago. It is owned by an X1/9 enthusiast and may actually see road duty again someday. Notice the FAZA flares …

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Oct. 8, 2008

Old 128 that has seen better days. The car is not to far gone to save.

Found a Fiat in Smithtowm, NY on July 4, 2009

1967 Fiat Dino Coupe - a Craigslist find as purchased by a friend. I inspected and photographed (what was left of) the car, which primarily consisted of glass, trim, and unexpectedly nice seats.

Found a Alfa Romeo, Fiat in Avon, CT on Aug. 2, 2009

We took an 80 mile ride in the TR6 and came across Nino’s Garage in Avon CT. Nino had a beautiful Fiat Dino in the lot and two Ferrari 308’s in the garage but …

Found a Fiat, Triumph in Theodore, Al on Oct. 8, 2009

I saw at the Barrys U Pull it 2 weeks ago in theodore, alabama a complete fiat convertible. It had written on the window 1980 with a marker. The bottom edges were rusted all …

Found a Fiat in Columbia, IL on Oct. 10, 2009

Fiat X1/9, looks like a lost cause, spotted behind an auto shop in Columbia, Illinois.

Found a Fiat in New Mexico, NM on Nov. 11, 2009

Old MG and 850 Spider with a hardtop in NM.

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Nov. 18, 2009

Old Fiat 850, slowly returning to the eart. Talked to the owner and these cars DID actually run-when-parked. He was injured in an accident back in 1987 and he was not able to drive …

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Nov. 18, 2009

This 850 was not far from the other one. It is still in one piece but looked sad.

Found a Fiat in Sicklerville, NJ on March 16, 2010

I got a call from a surveyor/coworker. He said “Hey, I’m surveying an abandoned house/property. There’s an old Fiat in the backyard” I told him it was probably a 124 Spider, but I decided …

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on March 19, 2010

Old Fiat and a few Vespas in Knoxville TN

Found a Fiat in Little Rock, AR on June 3, 2010

Rough 850 Spider along a back road outside Little Rock, AR.

Found a Fiat in Smithtown, NY on Oct. 22, 2010

Fiat 500-Found in the yard of an abandoned house in the small town of Barumini, on the island of Sardinia, Italy.

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Nov. 11, 2010

This Spider was pulled out of the woods in Knoxville.

Found a Fiat in Knoxville, TN on Nov. 11, 2010

An old Fiat 131 S climatizzata!

Found a Fiat in Toronto, on on March 19, 2011

Industrial mall/areas are becoming this era’s Barns… this Fiat parked in Toronto, off Kipling on Munster Ave.

Found a Fiat in Surabaya, Indonesia, id on May 2, 2011

I found this 1955 Fiat in Surabaya indonesia. the sign says he wants 4000 Rupia a Kilo about 20 cents a pound. Until I showed up. then he was asking 5000$.

Found a Fiat in Elkhorn, Wi on May 12, 2011

Early FIAT 850 Spider in SE Wisconsin salvage yard.

Found a Fiat in Elkhorn, Wi on May 20, 2011

Not much left of this FIAT… 1500?

Found a Fiat in Jackson, MS on Oct. 26, 2014

Probably didn’t run when parked, and won’t drive again, but usually don’t find these in a “pull a part” yard.

Found a Fiat in Bethany, Co on Feb. 17, 2015

An original Fiat 500 tucked behind a wall in Amorosi, Benevento Italy. Submitted by: Joe Amoroso

Found a Fiat in Bangkok, TH on April 6, 2018

Far from fancy Fiat found in the Far East (Chinatown area of Bangkok, Thailand). (Is the alliterative challenge still on?)

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