Car Catcher: A Well-Equipped, Five-Speed Fiat 1500 Spider

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The story goes that Fiat wanted a sports car that could sell well in America. The biggest obstacle they faced in doing so was power: as opposed to the narrow, winding roads commonly found in Europe, the United States was (and still is) composed of miles of wide-open roads.

Fiat’s response was a 1500cc powerplant good for around 80 horsepower. The first models were equipped with a four-speed transmission, though was replaced in 1965 with a five-speed unit.

This Fiat 1500 Spider from 1965 is one of those cars equipped with a five-speed, though is unique in that it comes equipped with even more desirable equipment such as an Abarth exhaust system, Carello fog lamps and Campagnolo wheels. The interior also features a period wooden shift knob, Nardi steering wheel, and red and black Cocomats.

The listing also notes that between 2019 and 2020, the Spider had its fuel pump, timing chain, transmission and clutch either repaired or replaced, with invoices of the work included in the sale.

Finished in a red exterior over a black interior with red piping, this 1965 Fiat Spider 1500 is available as part of RM Sotheby’s upcoming Open Roads, February auction.

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