There are many golden age cars that didn’t get the credit that they deserved when they were around.
One of those vehicles was the Fiat 124 Sport Spider. Yes, the car wasn’t particularly fast, and yes, it was marketed as an economy sedan in a world full of Italian sports cars, though through two decades, the Sport Spider evolved into a truly enjoyable vehicle that only found true love once it hit the chopping block.
A Look Back at the Fiat 124 Sport Spider
The Fiat 124 Sport Spider was designed at the Pininfarina factory back in the early 1960s before officially hitting the market in 1966. It was one of the few coupes that Fiat decided to develop and manufacture in-house.
Technology Fiat 124 Sport Spider
The Fiat 124 Sport Spider was only in production up until 1985. It utilized a four-cylinder double overhead cam engine, which was the first DOHC to use reinforced rubber timing belts, a wonderful innovation that would eventually become a universal part of car manufacturing. The suspension used a coil-over damper and unequal length wishbones.
A Timeline of the Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1968-1985)
The Sport Spider was originally built on a basic 124 chassis with higher spring rates, a complete disc brake system, and wider tracks and wheels. The car started out with a 1.5L 124 engine that put out 96 horsepower, though they had to change the displacement throughout the early 1970s due to brand new United States smog standards.
The 124 Rally was introduced in 1972 as a rally homologation, which used reinforced front suspension, independent rear suspension, and a non-convertible top. By 1977, the air horns were completely eliminated, as people were moving to dual-tone electric horns. The oil pressure gauge was also removed.
In 1979, Fiat changed the name of the 124 Spider to the Spider 2000. This change came with a larger engine, a revised exterior, and automatic transmission. The last cars rolled off of the assembly line by 1985.
The Fiat 124 Sport Spider In the News
In recent news, Bjorn Nyland, the Norwegian electric vehicle YouTuber, just recently got to try out an interesting product: an electrified 1980 Fiat Sport Spider!
Celebrity Endorsements of the Fiat 124 Sport Spider
As a bit of an obscure vehicle, we have been unable to locate any celebrity owners of the Fiat 124 Sport Spider.
Best Fiat 124 Sport Spider Groups
While we have been unable to locate any special groups or clubs that are centered around the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, Fiat owners and enthusiasts can head on over to Fiat Club America to meet other Fiat lovers in their area.
The Fiat 124 Sport Spider – A Quiet Conqueror
Over 50 years ago, the Fiat 124 Sport Spider came to the United States market and helped Fiat to gain traction. We feel that a lot of the lost success of the car had to do with the fact that it was completely strangled due to U.S. emissions standards, though better to live in a clean world than a world full of supercharged Sport Spiders, right?