The Fiat 124 Sport Spider was manufactured from 1966 to 1985,
making it one of the most successful Italian sports cars of
all time. In total nearly 200,000 examples were produced. Part
of the cars success could be attributed to the fact the simple
yet attractive design was styled and constructed by Pininfarina.
The main market for the Fiat 124 Spider was North America. During
its long lifespan the 124 Spider underwent many drivetrain upgrades.
In 1969 the engine size grew to from 1.4 litres to 1.6 litres,
then in 1972 a 1.8 litre appeared and the 1.6 litre version
became the base model. By 1979 a 2.0 litre engine became standard
fitment. The most powerful Fiat 124 Sport Spider was equipped
with a 135 horsepower, supercharged 2.0 litre engine before
production ceased in 1985.
Like many small roadsters of the time, the styling of the 124
Spider was affected to the new rulings in the United States
regarding safety bumpers, and in the mid 1970's the appearance
was slightly spoiled by the larger rubber bumpers which were
tacked on. Although the 124 Spider got off lightly compared
to the MGB!