Lot 226 - 1979 Fiat 124 Spider
|Odometer reading||122,500 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,400|
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 275GTS. The four-cylinder engine used in the spider and coupé was a double overhead cam, aluminium crossflow head version of the saloons pushrod unit. It started in 1966 with a capacity of 1,438cc progressively increasing to 1,608cc in 1970, 1,756cc in 1974 and finally 1,995cc in 1979 and 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 beautiful example of an Italy's MG B is presented in Azuro Blue with biscuit trim and has benefitted from a recent cosmetic restoration including a full re-spray and new chrome coupled with a wealth of mechanical work to ensure this car- in the vendors words- 'doesn't miss a beat'. Mechanical work included a new water pump and a new full service including filters, plugs and fluid change and. The car has been used all summer by the vendor, even starring in two family weddings, impressing both onlookers and the vendor for its reliability and head turning panache. Offered with an MoT test certificate valid until June 2016 and an impressive history file coupled with an attractive estimate, this rust-free spider presents as a very attractive purchase ready for next summer's weekend motoring.