8k: Floridian Inebriated Again, Tony: 1974 Fiat 124 Spyder, 302-powered

Here’s something you didn’t think you would see today: a sprightly Italian roadster with pinstripes for its pinstripes and an American V8 halfway under the cowl. It sits high, as if God himself is calling this angel back to heaven from whence it came. All you linear-minded gearheads will appreciate the right-angle motif reflected in the rectangular side-exit exhausts and a roll bar erected with a T-square. Florida, you’ve done it again. Find this 1974 Fiat 124 Spyder with a Ford 302 for $7,500 in Panama City, FL (but listed in Westchester, NY) via Craigslist.

The location discrepancy would be troubling if the seller didn’t include his life story is in the Craigslist ad. He’s just a snowbird liquidating his gallery of NINETEEN artmobiles, including an awesome Fiberfab Jamaican (listed in Panama City). Assuming an average profit of $7,000 (if the Ferrari Daytona Spyder is only a replica), our divorced beach bum will have enough dough to drive a Porsche 911 GT3 off the lot of Florida’s Champion Porsche dealership. Or purchase five Priuses and a few acres for a demolition derby.

Details are as sketchy as the car itself. Look, it has a red and orange wood interior with the speedometer blocked by your left knee – does it matter if the taillights are from a Thunderbird or a Hyundai Excel? An automatic transmission means you can use one hand for steering and the other for keeping your paper bag from flying off.

Bumper extensions, lift, mudflaps, and excess torque make this the ideal craft for exploring Florida swamps. No need to worry about them gators – they will be too busy laughing. Or wetting themselves from this Fiat’s roar.


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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.