Desirable mid 70s model with uprated 1.8litre engine
Retrimmed and resprayed since 2003
APK to March 2024
Stylish and very usable Italian convertible
Designed by Pininfarina and with a motor engineered by an ex-Ferrari man, it is easy to see why Fiat’s 124 Spider remained in production for nearly 20 years.
The car only lightly changed during that time with the mid-70s being a particular sweet spot for enthusiasts. That’s when the car got the 1.8litre version of the Lampredi twin cam, delivering 115bhp. Only the low volume Abarth and Volumex models pumped out more.
This is one of those high power 1.8litre cars, fitted with oversize high compression pistons to further boost performance. In the hands of the same owner since its arrival in the Netherlands in March 2001 it has been used regularly but sparingly since and treated to ongoing maintenance and improvements.
Smart, solid and very usable, this is a great opportunity to acquire a clearly much-loved Italian classic.
The History and Paperwork
Originally sold new into America
Licencing records show first registration on 28th February 1974
Imported from California to Netherlands in March 2001
Acquired by the seller on 8th March 2001
Always stored inside
APK to 30th March 2024
Sparingly used by seller, covering only a few hundred kms per year
Notable maintenance work since arriving in the Netherlands:
Resprayed in black in 2003
Gearbox rebuilt in 2004
Seats retrimmed and roof replaced in 2008
Electronic ignition fitted in 2016
Abarth-style 13in rims and new tyres fitted in 2017
Timing belt replaced in 2019
Rear brake distributor and cylinders renewed in 2021
Looks handsome in smart black which was professionally applied in 2003
Straight panels with no visible corrosion to bodywork
Good panel fit, particularly across doors and boot
Sits smartly on 13in Abarth-style alloy wheels with quality tyres showing good tread
Underside continues the theme and is well kept with good sheen of underseal
High quality black mohair roof fitted in 2008 and retaining excellent condition
Roof has clear panels and no visible creasing
Stylish chrome luggage rack fitted into boot lid
Usefully fitted with a see-through windshield that is said to work very well
Standard and well kept interior with retrimmed black leather seats and blue carpets
Trim, seats and fittings in good order with few signs of age or deterioration
Small rear bench suitable for stowage and with trim pattern matching front seats
Veneers present well across dashboard, only the centre console shows light cracking
Clear, well kept Veglia dials with MPH speedometer
Driver’s door shows very minor paint flaking to bottom edge
There is also a small nick in the door card at the top
Two spoke factory wood-rimmed steering wheel with Fiat centre boss with light crack
Boot area in similar condition to rest of car with clean vinyl trim
Factory non-matching steel spare in boot
Modern stereo fitted
Small but not unsightly cracks to dash top
1.8litre Fiat twin cam Lampredi engine developing 115bhp in standard trim
Uprated with oversized high compression pistons to improve performance
5spd gearbox which was rebuilt in 2004
Timing belt replaced in 2019
Attention to rear brakes in 2021
Used regularly but sparingly by vendor
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