David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/12/18 1:54 p.m.


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Story by David Wallens • Photo Courtesy Fiat

The Fiat 124 Sport Spider …

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ddavidv
ddavidv PowerDork
11/13/18 6:51 a.m.

Having owned several of these I recently browsed selling prices on Ebay. They are real bargains right now. Vastly superior to anything out of Old Blighty.

wspohn
wspohn Dork
11/13/18 10:15 a.m.

They were excellent cars with DOHC engines, 5 speed gearboxes and 4 wheel disc brakes.   Unfortunately they had this little issue with rusting in a heavy dew....

mikewilensky
mikewilensky
11/13/18 1:57 p.m.

I've always likes Fiats; my favorite model, however, is the 850 Sport Spider. There are almost no more of these cars left it seems, as I haven't seen one on the road for a long, long time. They were really pretty cars, I thought.

stu67tiger
stu67tiger Reader
11/14/18 6:47 a.m.

I had a '70, right after college.  Same color as the picture.  In '72 the rocker panels rusted through (I'm in New England).  The body shop guy got a look inside the rockers and told me to sell it ASAP.  No wonder there aren't many left, though I did see one at a show this fall.

Stu

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
11/14/18 6:59 p.m.
wspohn said:

They were excellent cars with DOHC engines, 5 speed gearboxes and 4 wheel disc brakes.   Unfortunately they had this little issue with rusting in a heavy dew....

Why wait for the dew?  Some started in the showroom.  My last Spider (a '73) came with paperwork pertaining to a $1,500 "rust rebate" that was part of a settlement from a case brought by the government.  The settlement happened a few years after the car was bought but the PO pocketed a nice check.

Mr.
Mr. New Reader
1/7/19 9:43 p.m.

The original Fiat 124s were great looking, fun to drive sports cars.  I used to drive my best friend's orange one all of the time.  This is as opposed to the new 124, a terrible looking Mazda Miata.  The original was designed by Tom Tjaarda, the famed Ghia designer who also penned the De Tomaso Pantera.

rcvs1
rcvs1
11/18/21 12:48 p.m.

I enjoyed the company of a 1970 124 spider for just over 300,000 miles. It was remarkably quiet on the freeway. I recall reading, in a motoring magazine, that the 124 Spider was quite a bit quieter at 60 mph that the same year of 1970 BMW 2002 with its windows rolled up!  In addition to the accessories mentioned by others there were 2 lights in the engine compartment. Loved it so much that I bought a new'79 later on. The roofs went down with one hand while seated in the drivers seat.! 

rcvs1
rcvs1 New Reader
11/18/21 12:50 p.m.

I neglected to mention that it sported a Weber Carbuerator.

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