The Fiat 124 Spider is the Affordable Way to Drive Italian
There’s no greater bargain the world of classic European roadsters than the Fiat 124 Spider. From its soulful and revvy Lampredi-designed twincam four, beautiful and timeless Pininfarina-penned bodywork, to its capable and entertaining chassis, there’s nothing else that touches it for historical significance, looks, and handling anywhere near the same price point.
Introduced in 1966 and with nearly 200,000 built over a 20-year production run, they’re not especially rare, which explains their affordability. Though never all that reliable, even when new, they’re bone-simple in design and easy to wrench on, even for relative novices. Also, parts are easy to come by and quite affordable, especially in comparison with its Alfa cousins. If you’re not prepared to get greasy, a classic car, regardless of origin, probably isn’t right for you—besides, it’s a big part of the fun of ownership.