The Fiat 124 Spider is the best-value classic Italian sports car on the planet. It offers a twin-cam inline-4 designed by legendary Ferrari engine designer Aurelio Lampredi, offering strong performance for the period, and beautiful styling by Tom Tjaarda at Pininfarina.
The interior is comfortable for anyone regardless of size, and it has one of the finest and easiest-to-operate manual convertible tops ever put on a car.
It should come as no surprise to those who know me that I love classic Fiat 124s. My first car was a 124 coupe and I have owned two others, both Spiders.
The Pick of the Day is one of these wonderful cars, a 1974 Fiat 124 Spider offered by a private owner in Dover, Delaware, who is advertising the sports car on ClassicCars.com.
The seller seems quite familiar with Fiat Spiders and claims to have owned many over the years. This Spider has covered only 44,250 miles from new, the seller says, adding that it is a “very clean, well-maintained, low-mileage 1974 Fiat Spider.”
The ad’s thorough description is broken up into separate parts of the car. The exterior section says the car received a quality repaint by its previous owner in its original Fiat color No. 223, Bright Yellow, and retains a nice gloss and finish.
There are no dents or nicks, body panels are straight and the rocker panels were replaced at the time of repaint, the seller notes. The chrome is described as having slight pitting but still presentable. A new convertible top has been installed.
The Fiat’s interior section says that the seats have been reupholstered in the correct vinyl, all gauges work as they should except for the clock, but that the dash and console could use work. The seller recommends a dash cap, although I would replace the entire dash as it is the right thing to do with a car this nice.
The mechanical section describes the car as starting easy and running strong, and that the 5-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly. The owner has done a recent full service, the ad says, including complete top-end gaskets, timing-belt service, oil change, tune-up and adjustment of the Weber carburetor. The differential and electronic fuel pump have been rebuilt.
This classic Italian roadster sounds completely sorted, aside from the relatively minor interior issues, and looks great in the photos with the ad. The asking price is just $13,500.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.
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