This next feature is probably the best ratio of used dollar to new dollar of any DT feature — including the half of million dollar Bentley Continental R. I don’t know what a box of 124 hand brakes for a Fiat Spider might have cost when new, but I can tell you that I want that box. Mostly because if I had a Spider, I’d have some spares. Lotta spares. The same goes for the handful of door panels, hoods, driveshaft support brackets…and oh…wait…that’s a box of Fiat 124 hand brakes, not a 124 count of hand brakes…well, this is still a steal for $1500. Why so cheap? Because the seller is getting out of the Fiat/Lancia business so he can concentrate on Maserati Biturbo parts….can’t find fault in that logic. Find this Warehouse Full of Lancia & Fiat Parts offered for $1500 (bring yer truck) in Santa Rosa, CA via craigslist.
Fiat first used the name 124 Spider on a little convertible sports car that was built from 1966 through 1985. Styling was by Dutch descended, but Detroit born Tom Tjaarda who spent most of his career with Ghia and Pininfarina. However, in 2015 the world was re-introduced to a newborn Fiat 124 with design by Virgilio Fernandez that pays homage to the original 124, but uses Mazda MX-5 ND underpinnings. Italian styling, Japanese reliability — what could go wrong? Unfortunately for Fiat, the Mazda version (MX-5 ND) is prettier, faster, sportier, and more fun to drive (that last bit is according to one famous beefsteak wielding automotive journalist.) The only thing the Fiat 124 has as an advantage is that it depreciates faster. Find this 2017 Fiat 124 Spider offered for $16,990 in Aliso Viejo, CA via craigslist.
Turbochargers seem to be installed on half the cars in the showrooms these days, but there was a time when a turbo was a rare thing to find in a car. In fact, in 1981 there were only a few cars with the snail shaped glowing/spinning things under the hood and they were mostly American cars like the Monte Carlo, Trans Am, and Buick Grand National…but if you did some research you could find a little company on the East Coast called Legend Industries that would turbocharge your Fiat Spider for a few bones. Years later those kits are hard to maintain and parts are scarce, so many have been de-turbo’d but could be restored to their original boosted glory. Find this 1982 Fiat 124 Spider Turbo Not Turbo’d offered for $7500 in Medway, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
When you think of classic affordable roadsters, you’ll first think of the ubiquitous Mazda MX-5 Miata…but it is far too new and common, I’m talking about cars like the MGB, Alfa-Romeo Spider, Datsun Fairlady/Sports 1600…but there’s another option in this genre that is often overlooked, still fairly plentiful, and worth consideration as a respectable alternative […]