1981 Fiat 124 Sport Spider


  • Recently restored by classic car specialist
  • Originally imported from USA over 30 years ago
  • Repainted in original green
  • Very solid and structurally well-sorted car


US automotive designer Tom Tjaarda created several designs to be proud of – the Ferrari 330 California, De Tomaso Pantera and original Ford Fiesta to name but a few. 

But one of the most enduring and certainly one of the prettiest of his cars was the Fiat 124 Spider, which ran from 1966 to 1985 and was built on Fiat’s behalf by Pininfarina.

As well as being sold in Europe, Fiat sold the Spider in North America where it was a credible rival to the British sports cars that dominated the market, offering usefully more interior space than an MGB or Triumph Spitfire and arguably a lot more character. 

Indeed, the 124’s success in the States was the main reason for its long-lived production run. By the time it grew chunky impact-resistant bumpers in 1975 to satisfy US safety legislation, over 80 per cent of Spider production was going to the USA.

In many ways, that has done wonders for the model’s survival. It was always a rare car in the UK due to being left-hand-drive only and never officially sold here, but the vast numbers of dry state cars coming back across the Atlantic have seen Spider numbers increase here over the past few decades. 

This one made its way over in 1991 and has had six UK owners, but 32 years of exposure to our weather meant it needed a fair bit of restoration carrying out. That has just been finished off by a well-respected classic car specialist in South Wales and the car has been repainted in its original colour, ready for a new lease of life.


  • UK V5C
  • MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt
  • Imported from he USA in 1991
  • Recent invoices and receipts for parts and paint
  • Intereurope repair manual
  • Parts catalogue
  • Two boxes of rare spare parts included


  • Left-hand-drive
  • Very smart beige leather seats with minimal wear
  • Excellent matching carpets and door trims 
  • Three-spoke sports steering wheel
  • Period Sanyo radio-cassette player
  • Smart wood-effect trim
  • Requires replacement fuse box lid


  • Repainted in original metallic green to excellent standard
  • Appears structurally very good underneath - some surface rust is visible but there are no signs of advanced corrosion
  • Refurbished factory alloys
  • De-bumpered appearance, which really suits the car
  • Roof frame included with new hood ready to be fitted
  • Aftermarket chrome rear luggage rack


  • 2.0-litre iconic Fiat Twin Cam ‘Lampredi’ engine, in its most developed form
  • Five-speed manual gearbox 
  • Starts, runs and drives well, with incredible engine note and huge character
  • Recent mechanical recommission and overhaul by noted specialist
  • High performance silicon HT leads
  • According to the vendor the Fiat drives well with no known problems and is a huge amount of fun from behind the wheel


The 124 Spider is a great looking car, with the further benefit of that wonderful Lampredi Twin Cam under its nose. That makes it one of the most appealing sports cars of its era, while its inherently good design also means it’s also one of the most comfortable and practical. 

Furthermore, this one is a lovely example, recently restored to a high standard and ready to deliver terrific amounts of fun to its lucky next owner. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 124 Spider 2.0
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 4,710 Miles
  • Engine size 1995
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Llanelli
  • Location Wales
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
8 bids from 4 bidders
  • adams.a•••• £5,700 06/06/23
  • Ajc 196•••• £5,500 06/06/23
  • Transam•••• £5,400 06/06/23
  • cpearth•••• £5,300 06/06/23
  • adams.a•••• £5,200 06/06/23
  • Ajc 196•••• £5,000 06/06/23
  • adams.a•••• £4,700 06/06/23
  • Ajc 196•••• £4,500 02/06/23

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