The first car I ever owned was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe, so I am a bit biased. I loved that Fiat as it was everything that I could have asked for in an Italian car when I was 16 years old. It had a cool twin-cam Lampredi engine, classic Italian styling and was fun to drive.
I really wanted a 124 Spider, but at 16 I could afford only that used $400 coupe in boxes, assembly not included. Many years later, I had a wonderful 1968 Spider and ended up driving it to Monterey after a sympathetic restoration.
The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Fiat 124 Spider, which looks to be in exceptional condition, finished in Oriental Yellow (orange) with a black-vinyl interior. Restoring a car gives one an eye for detail like nothing else in the world, and this one truly looks to be a fine example.
The Alsip, Illinois, dealer advertising the Fiat on Classicars.com provides many excellent pictures with the listing, plus most of the details you might want to know without going to a full inspection report.
The sports car was with its last owner for almost 40 years, the seller says. During that time, its 1,608cc inline-4 engine was ported and polished, and it received Euro-spec dual Weber carbs, a stainless-steel header and Ansa exhaust. An electric cooling fan was added and the brakes were rebuilt, including 4 new brake calipers.
The paint has to have been redone as it looks tremendous, and Fiat paint did not last this long looking this good. The owner also installed a new and correct-pattern vinyl interior, replaced the dash and the wood inserts in the dash, according to the ad.
The Fiat roadsters were styled by Pininfarina, and this model was designed by Tom Tjaarda, who also styled many cars for Ferrari, including the 275 GTS. If you see a 275 GTS side-by-side with an early non-hood-bulge 124 Spider, it becomes apparent that Tjaarda simply scaled down the Fiat and created a 5/8-sized Ferrari. The fact that the engine was also designed by former Ferrari engineer Aurelio Lampredi solidifies this idea.
These Fiats are classic Italian cars that are very easy to own. They are roomy for anyone and have what has to be the finest roadster top ever designed.
Not to anger all the Alfa Spider owners and fans out there, but I have owned a number of Alfa spiders as well as a few 124 Spiders, and I honestly feel that the 124 is simply a better car, and less expensive to run.
This car has an asking price of $19,900, which for a Fiat as nice as this one looks to be a pretty fair deal.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.