The Fiat 850 was available as a boxy van, an oddly bulbous sedan, and a cute little spider ragtop, but that best looking version had a fastback roofline and was called the 850 Coupe. They were manufactured in huge quantities (2.3 million 850s were sold worldwide from 1963-1973) but isn’t a car you’ll see very often — probably because of the sheet metal disintegrated in moisture like single layer cardboard and the engines needed to run at 100% duty cycle to keep the driver from being rear-ended by children on skateboards. Despite that, I think I’d enjoy the experience of owning a classic like an 850 Coupe. Find this 1966 Fiat 850 Coupe offered for $9,000 in Scotch Plains, NJ via craigslist.
I’m not afraid of high mile vehicles, particularly if they are from a known breed that survives into the triple digits without costing the owner his lunch each year in maintenance. The BMW 850 fits in that category of expensive to own, but not Ferrari ridiculous, andthe idea of scoring a deal on a low mile V12 powered BMW is compelling..but you have to wonder if a low mile V12 that hasn’t been driven is scarier than a high mile 850ci…I dunno, but the car collecting hobby has turned into stamp collecting these days and this will probably be worth more than the current ask if you just kept it in your garage for a decade and drove it once a week. Find this 1996 BMW 850Ci offered for $17,000 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist.
Italian week is wrapping up over here on DT and I can’t believe we haven’t posted any cars that were held in place by old pieces of firewood…because nothing says “Italian” like scrap wood wheel chocks. And nothing says awesome like a rare Fiat 850 based thing that has styling by Giuseppe Rinaldi and something […]
The cost of entry into the “cool” car club is getting ridiculous these days, and I’m not just talking about Ferraris, Porsches, Supras, but even simple 1st gen Mustangs in great shape are pricy, BUT, you can still find interesting cars in good shape that just aren’t that “desirable” for whatever reason. You’ve just got […]
How bad can it be? Where is the nearest BMW dealer? What is an electric throttle? What is an electron? No these are not the answers to the latest Jeopardy quiz — they are, unfortunately, the things you NEVER want to say after buying a V12 BMW that has sat for at least the last […]
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 […]
The Italian tuner and small time auto manufacturer Siata (Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori) built a handful of cars using Fiat mechanical parts and retro styling. The early cars were sweet looking mini Ferrari clones such as the S-208 that Steve McQueen owned and drove, but the later Spring (1967-1975) was a wacky looking 2-seater […]
The Fiat 850 Spider was a small 2-sear roadster with a body designed and built by Bertone and mechanical bits from the Fiat 850 sedan. The 850 is pretty slow, even by X1/9 standards, so having a number 11 followed by “HP” is funny. Very funny. Find this 1971 Fiat 850 Spider offered for $2,950 in […]
The seller of this next car states in a simple sentence: O2 sensors have been cut by previous owner so the car could use a tune up it’s running rich. Umm…BMW V12s never need a simple tune up, they need a few thousand dollars of tune up time at a BMW specialist and they run […]
My wife likes to watch the HGTV channel. To me they seem like the same show over and over, Tiny House Hunter Fixer Upper Make Over Flipper or some such. There’s not a lot of stuff for a petrolhead other than watch the backgounds for interesting cars. But what if you added a little extra […]