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Fiat 124 Spider (1966 - 1985)

Last updated 6 April 2013

A good alternative to the MGB and Alfa Romeo Spider - and it's better to drive
The best ones are left-hand drive


The Fiat 124 Sport Spider was a Pininfarina designed and built open-topped addition to the Fiat range, taking over from the slow-selling 1500S Cabriolet. Little did the company know just how long-lived and popular it would prove over the years. Being a Pininfarina design - and knowing that design house's prediliction to recycle its designs - it was no surprise to see it using any number of Ferrari styling cues.

It was great to drive, and helped on to a great performance by Fiat’s excellent twin-cam engines. All are left-hand drive and around 85% of them were sold in America, although upwards of 1500 have since been imported to the UK. As with the 124 Coupé the first and last cars are most popular with collectors, pre-1975 cars having lower suspension and prettier slimline bumpers, 1979-on Spiders got Bosch fuel-injected two-litre engines, with the final two-years' production run also including a fast supercharged Volumex version. From 1982-85 complete production passed to Pininfarina, and it ceased being sold as a Fiat, changing identity to the Pininfarina Spidereuropa.