Fiat 124 Spider
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 3
Manufactured for nearly 20 years
shows why the Spider has been one of the most successful
Italian sportscars ever produced.
Not only did it have good looks, it also possessed a belt-driven twin cam motor
with coil-sprung rear suspension
and four-wheel disc brakes.
Its attractive body was its biggest appeal despite Americans hanging ugly federal
safety bumpers across it in the mid 70's.
Initially an option, five gears became standard with automatic being introduced
later on. Its motor grew over time to 1608cc in 1969
, 1756cc in 1972
Two-litre motors became the norm in 1979
with injection being introduced in 1980
the state-of -the-art version would arguably be the supercharged VX that housed
a 135 bhp engine.
It stopped being produced in 1985
and no Fiat-badged sportscars would be made
for another 10 years.