Southern California two-owner car from new
1969 FIAT 124 Sport Spider
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 124AS0019657
1,438cc twin-cam four-cylinder
Five-speed manual transmission
Documented, comprehensive restoration to original specs
Known ownership from new
Rarely seen in this condition
Many recent Concours awards
First introduced in 1966 and based on a shortened 124 sedan floorpan and running gear, the attractive Pininfarina-styled Spider would prove an outstanding success for FIAT, and a worthy successor to Fiat's 1100, 1200 and 1500 Spiders built from 1957-1967. Launched with a 1,438cc, four-cylinder, twin-cam engine, the Spider gained 1.6-liter, 1.8-liter and, finally, 2-liter power units as the 1970s progressed. Its sophisticated twin-cam engine and five-speed transmission set it apart from the archetypal British MGs and Triumphs that were its nominal competition.
This early chrome bumper Fiat 124 Spider was purchased from its original Southern California owner in 2007. The vendor then commenced an impressively thorough two-year restoration to showroom condition. The restoration process was fully documented and has resulted in what must surely be one of the finest 124 Spiders anywhere in the world.
The original 1438cc engine was rebuilt along with the transmission. Special attention was paid to sourcing correct hardware, utilizing many NOS parts, as the owner was especially concerned with excellent finish and fitment of all components. The car was painted in its original shade of red using a modern stage two paint, the result being a deep finish that accentuates the lovely Pininfarina-styled lines of these pure, early chrome-bumper cars. A black canvas Robbins top was fitted along with five new Vredestein tires.
This car has since been shown multiple times on the West Coast and driven sparingly since completion, though the vendor advises that the driving experience is excellent. Major Concours awards have included "Best Fiat" at The Best Of France and Italy 2008, "Best Fiat" at the 2009 Concorso Italiano, 2nd in class at the 2009 Palos Verdes Concours and 2nd in class at the 2010 Dana Point Concours.
It is exceptionally rare to see a 124 restored to such exacting standards; it is always advisable to "buy the best", and this example is certainly the finest 124 Spider we have ever had the pleasure to offer.
Please note, the 'FXITAGN' license plates pictured on the car are not a part of this Sale.