Repli-can’t: 1972 Fiat 124 Spyder Custom

Vintage Fiat roadsters are common enough that their appearance on the streets or in the classifieds rarely raises an eyebrow. If you want your Fiat 124 to stand out, you will have to go to drastic measures. Here is one way of doing just that.  Find this 1972 Fiat 124 Spyder custom for sale in Villa Ridge, MO for $5,000 via craigslist.

This conversion looks to be some kind of factory built kit.  While the design starts out with smooth lines, things start going horribly wrong in a big hurry after that. The word tacky comes to mind with almost every other styling cue. You might get some confused looks from bystanders, but probably not the longing gazes you would get while cruising in a XKE or DB4. The Spyder embroidered seats and alloys are not helping matters, either.

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, you are going to love this car.  Gone is the convertible top that once kept some of the rain out of your face during an unexpected deluge.  Everyone knows that doors sacrifice the structural integrity of a high quality race car, so those have been removed, too.  We can only assume that there is a sturdy tube frame where they used to be.

Other features include a wonky bird-nostril hood scoop and a luggage rack. The word “Roadster” is writ large in the center of dash in case you thought you were in a station wagon after vaulting yourself into the cabin. Whatever this car was supposed to be, it succeeded in being weird in an almost creepy way. And that’s tough to pull off.

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