1970 FIAT 124 Spider  Chassis no. 124BS0030513

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1970 FIAT 124 Spider
Registration no. FBY 388H Chassis no. 124BS0030513

£ 16,000 - 20,000
US$ 21,000 - 26,000
1970 FIAT 124 Spider
Registration no. FBY 388H
Chassis no. 124BS0030513

Footnotes

  • First introduced in 1966 and based on a shortened 124 saloon floor pan and running gear, the attractive Pininfarina-styled Spider would prove an outstanding success for FIAT, over 200,000 being sold before production ended in 1982. Launched with a 1,438cc, four-cylinder twin-cam engine, the Spider gained 1.6-litre, 1.8-litre and - finally – 2.0-litre power units as the 1970s progressed, examples equipped with the latter being capable of around 115mph. Four-wheel disc brakes were part of the package from the outset and all but a few home-market cars came with five-speed gearboxes.

    A 1.6-litre, five-speed model, this FIAT 124 Spider was imported from the USA in 1997 and fully restored by marque specialists DTR Engineering, being converted from left- to right-hand drive in the process. The car is currently in the hands of its second UK owner and comes with an extensive history file confirming that the recorded mileage of just over 16,000 is genuine. 'FBY 388H' has been carefully maintained by not only DTR Engineering but also by the famed FIAT specialists Middle Barton Garage in Oxfordshire.

    Earlier this year, this FIAT 124 Spider was pitted against an MGB GT and a Peugeot 304 Convertible for an article in Classic Car Weekly, replicating a feature planned for the BBC's now off-the-air Top Gear (copy on file). CCW's tester James Sadlier was bowled over by the Spider, enthusing about its gorgeous Pininfarina styling, generous four-seat interior space, comfortable driving position and all-round performance: 'Up to 4500rpm and you'd be mistaken for thinking you're driving a Group 4 rally car. The harmonics from the twin-cam engine as you accelerate are incredible.' Needless to say, the FIAT comfortably out-performed its French and British rivals. Concluding his test James said: 'If you want to cruise through the countryside or take it out on a track day, the Spider will give you both.'

    'FBY 388H' is described by the private vendor as in generally excellent condition, having been kept in dry storage and fastidiously maintained. The car is offered with MoT to August 2015, a V5C registration document and the aforementioned history file containing restoration and maintenance invoices.
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1970 FIAT 124 Spider  Chassis no. 124BS0030513
1970 FIAT 124 Spider  Chassis no. 124BS0030513
1970 FIAT 124 Spider  Chassis no. 124BS0030513
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