Lot 260 - 1977 Fiat 124 Spider
|Estimate||£3,000 - £4,500|
|Result||Sold - £6,250|
The 124 Sport Spider was marketed by Fiat between 1966 and 1980 having debuted at the November 1966 Turin Motor Show. Designed and manufactured by Italian carrozzeria Pininfarina, specifically Sergio Pininfarina, who used the already available designs of the Chevrolet Corvette 'Rondine' and Ferrari 275 GTS. The four-cylinder engine used in the Spider and Coupé was a double overhead cam, aluminium crossflow head version of the sedan's pushrod unit. It started in 1966 with a capacity of 1438cc progressively increasing to 1608cc in 1970, 1756cc in 1974 and finally 1995cc in 1979 and was designed by Dan Vano. The double overhead cam version was the first mass manufactured DOHC to utilise reinforced rubber timing belts, an innovation that would come into nearly universal use in the decades after its introduction. Uprated versions powered race cars such as the Fiat 131 Mirafiori, Special T, Lancia Beta Montecarlo, Delta Integrale and many others.
This pretty example originally hails from California and consequently has its steering wheel on the lefthand side. Coming from a dry climate, the bodywork is described by the vendor as rust-free and it also benefits from a recent re-spray in its original red colour. A new soft-top is also fitted and the mechanics are sound. At this point in time, the MoT test certificate has not been delivered with the car.
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