Lot 186 - 1981 Fiat 124 Convertible
|Odometer reading||49,000 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £14,000|
The 124 Sport Spider was marketed by Fiat between 1966 and 1982 having debuted at the November 1966 Turin Motor Show. Designed and manufactured by the Italian Carrozzeria Pininfarina, specifically Sergio Pininfarina, it used the already available designs of the Chevrolet Corvette 'Rondine' and Ferrari 275GTS. The four-cylinder engine used in the spider and coupé was a double overhead cam, aluminium crossflow version of the saloons unit. It started in 1966, designed by Dan Vano, with a capacity of 1,438cc, progressively increasing to 1,608cc in 1970, 1,756cc in 1974 and finally 1,995cc in 1979. The double overhead cam version was the first mass-manufactured DOHC unit to utilise reinforced rubber timing belts, an innovation that would come into nearly universal use in the decades after its introduction.
Originally manufactured and sold in the US, this Fiat 124 was imported into the UK in 2013 when the vendor promptly set about restoring/improving the car. A full re-spray was conducted and a new hood provided. In addition to this, a new turbo has been fitted (costing £1,500) and the fuel tank has been replaced. The Fiat 124 Turbo Convertibles are very rare- a mere 700 were manufactured and it is thought only 23 have survived. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a valid MoT test certificate along with a number invoices, this lefthand drive example is a perfectly useable classic and one that will in time prove to be shrewd investment.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.