Cars Then & Now

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Fiat 124 Spider
Original Base Price: $3265
The original Fiat 124 Spider debuted at the Turin Auto Show in 1966 and was sold in the U.S. from 1968 through 1985. Considered to be one of the most affordable, mass-produced sports cars of the time, the Fiat 124 Spider was designed by Pininfarina and the design was so successful that the car was not extensively redesigned during its 19-year production run. A 2-seat rear-wheel-drive convertible, the Fiat 124 Spider was powered by a 1438cc twin-cam 4-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual transmission and 4-wheel disc brakes. The water-tight soft-top could be lowered easily from the driver’s seat and the rear quarter-wipers improved visibility. Nearly 8,000 of the original Fiat 124 Spiders are still registered in the U.S. today.

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