Innocenti 950 Spider (1960 – 1968) Review

Innocenti 950 Spider (1960 – 1968) At A Glance


+Interesting styling combined with tried and tested Austin Healey mechanicals

-Expensive in the UK

The Ghia-styled Innocenti 950 Spider sports car was based on the Austin-Healey Sprite Mk2. From launch in 1960, it used the Sprite’s 948cc engine. The styling by Tom Tjaarda looked more substantial than the English car it was based upon, but it would subsequently prove more rust-prone. A year after launch, the Spider gained the option of a hardtop, which added to its appeal, if not its actual sales success.

In 1963 the Spider was upgraded by the fitment of the 1098cc A-Series engine, becoming the 1100 Spider, and it remained in production in this form until 1968. A coupé version of the Spider, marketed simply as the 'C' was introduced in 1967, and was discontinued just over a year later, with fewer than 1000 examples built. Rare and expensive now, although a handful are known to exist in the UK.