One of the benefits of my job is seeing hundreds of cars for sale before they are shown to their target audience. I work for Auto & RV Publications, we are a magazine with 14 editions across the midwest. I had recently sold my Harley and was feeling the loss of wind blowing through my hair. I had thought that I would get a 2-seater convertible to satisfy my desire to cruise in the open air.
Originally, I was thinking of the usual suspects; MG, Triumph or Fiat. The more I looked at them, the more I liked the Fiat. There has always been something about Italy for me. It is still one of my favorite places I have been. Summertime in Florence with a great friend. I digress … I had decided to look for one of three; 850, 124 or a 128. My friend Neil who is always Johnny on the Spot for cool and unusual cars sent it to me. The 1971 Fiat 850 Sports Spider was offered a great price and only 50,000 miles. Better still it was only 70 miles away. So my son, my uncle and I went for a drive to get it. One of the great things about this deal was that the car came with lots of extras, including:
903CC Engine (complete)Actually it is an 843CC engine
- Pedal Assembly
- Steering Wheel
- Wiring Harness
- Blower/Heater Box
- Instrument Cluster
- Weber Carb
- Windshield Wipers and Motor
We got it on the trailer and brought it home. I will go through the car tomorrow with a finer toothed comb.
Here are some more pictures: Photos of Bringing her home …