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  • Davis Kinzell

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    I kick myself everyday for not appreciating this car more when my parents had one for over 30 years. Only had 75k when they sold it in 2003. Ansa exhaust and black roll bar, but no Pansports. Oh well. Still scouring Craigslist looks for a decent orange example to fulfill my plans for the little spider.

    from Marin, CA, USA
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  • Ray Beltran

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    A green 124 Spider was ALMOST my first car. Wanted it so badly. I sought it out; I knew exactly what I wanted. Just couldn't afford it. Distant second, an 850 Spider. Didn't much care for it. Was sorta weird. Did not have the gorgeous lines or the condfidence-inspiring balance of the 124. Not to mention just plain gutless. I ended up with a… VW Rabbit, while all my friends were driving jacked-up Camaros and Mustangs. FUN car. Began my long love affair with German cars, although I did at one time own the 124's big brother, a 131 with the slickest 'box I've ever had the pleasure of shifting. Still, to this day there's a place in my heart for the beautifully penned and mechanically "right" 124 Spider. A timeless design.

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  • Rod Williams

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    "In the day", I had two friends with Fiat 124s. If you were reeeal quiet and leaned in close, I swear you could actually hear them rust. Both friends bought them new and both sold them after two years, full of rust and only occasionally running. Started with smiles and ended with tears. Always felt bigger and more "grown up" than other affordable sports cars of the era.

    from Sonoma, CA, USA
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  • OctaneBlood

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    My dad had a Fiat 124 Coupe in New Orleans in the late '70s and his lasting memory of the car, as told many times, was "It's trunk was perfect. It held 86 pounds of marijuana."

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  • Leucea Alexandru

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    Today i ran into this forgotten Fiat showroom, on a small street just a couple of blocks away from where i live. And i remembered this topic. Inside there were 2 Fiats, a 124 Spider, a Ritmo Cabrio, both in showroom condition, brand new. I was surprised when i saw what stood next to them. A Toyota MR2 mk1 that looked like it came straight from the factory (and it was for sale) and another Toyota from the nineties, the Celica..the showroom walls were hosting some nice vintage Fiat pictures and advertisements. It made my day.

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  • Fiat124

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    I had two. One of my best memories was driving through the mountains with a group of vintage British cars. The other cars were about $10k or more and I had just as much fun in my $1,500 Fiat. I also found that many of the interior components were common with my friend's Ferrari 308 GTB. True fun on a budget.

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  • Russ Wollman

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    My '73 dark green Spider was my best friend for 14 years. Together we scoured the US east coast from upstate NY to Key West. She never failed me and was loved by everyone, even the girls who weren't all that crazy about me. Her paint and upholstery gave way after a short time, but no matter, so I treated her to new duds. Just before I sold her, people asked me how much the payments were. I still become emotional when I see them. The 124 was transcendent.

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  • Russ Wollman

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    resized photos

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  • Nick

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    ".......Though never all that reliable, even when new, they’re bone-simple in design...."WTF?
    Sorry. You are WRONG!
    That's right. Bone simple in design. As far as reliability is concerned, one major important fact to consider is that due to US smog regulations in the 70's many of these cars that were destined for the US were "troublesome'. As far as Euro spec cars are concerned they were simpler and a lot more reliable than their US cousins. Problems were always due to smog pipes added to comply for America, pollution cams, restricted carbs and in some models airpumps. In essence these cars were "strangled".
    Remove all that strangulation "spaghetti pipework" under the hood and run a simple twin choke Weber and not only does it become reliable....but it will perform like it was intended.
    The Lampredi designed twin cam is a solid and reliable as an ox. Still in use today and powered the rally Lancia Delta's to victory 5 times during the 80's and 90's.

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  • Calvin Jefferson

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    I am on my third 124 Sport Spider; I made a mistake trading my "63 Chevy Shortbed stepside for the "71 Spider until I drove it up and down the freeway. I felt like I was driving a Ferrari, although I really don't know how that feels. I sold it for more than what I bought it for after I wrecked it and welded the rear end back together. My second was a 80 1800; I never could figure out why it always reved so hi all the time, that was a bust. My current one is a "72 with a 1608; electronic ignition, and beautiful paint. Its already taken 1st place at a local car show. No negatives to the car, only that they're getting old. It turns heads everywhere, and i love driving. despite the fact my soft top is in perfect condition; I never put the top up, if its raining, I don't drive it; of course i live in No. cal so that is no issue. . . See for your self and of course you know everythin is for sale for the right price. . . Peace

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