Dear DT, I recently retired from 35 year career as a Car Horn Composer for General Motors and I am in the market for a classic car for the weekends. I want something that won’t break the bank (less than $15k) but will make a splash and isn’t common. No Mustangs or Corvettes or 57 […]
This next car is a Fiat 850 Sport Spider that would have had a 843cc inline-4 that would have pushed a dismal 49 horsepower into the rear mounted transaxle. Today’s example, however, has been given an injection of speed and power in the form of the legendary tweetle-tweetle-Beetle engine. That’s right, a 1600cc dual port motor with a single carb and (to quote the seller) “twice the displacement, 10x the simplicity, and 100x the reliability!” I’ve never considered a VW engine to be an upgrade…but I guess this is the exception that proves the rule in cases not excepted. Find this 1969 Fiat 850 Sport Spider offered for $7,500 in Torrance, CA via craigslist.
I never like buying cars that don’t run — it ends up being WAYYYY more of a project than expected, that busted engine turns out to be connected to a busted transmission which puts power to a busted rear-end which is equipped with busted brakes– I much prefer to get a car that looks terrible […]
According to any gearhead you ask, we live in the golden age of horsepower. Today, even a minivan approaches 300 hp. Back in the summer of ’69, very few cars could dream of such numbers. Such is the case with our current victim, post fodder, example. Find this 1969 Fiat 850 Spider for sale in Mendocino […]
There isn’t much in common between an R107 SL Benz, Honda S2000 and Fiat 850 Spider, except that they all actually look cooler with a hardtop in place of the folding top. That and they all have 4 wheels. On this Fiat, the hardtop isn’t an aftermarket piece that you’ll find on something like an […]