The Project

Nice Driver: 1969 Fiat 850 Coupe

This 1969 Fiat 850 Coupe was restored by the previous owner roughly 7 years ago, and several chassis and underbody shots appear to support the seller’s claims it remains rust-free. Straight metal, nice paint, a clean engine bay and detailed front compartment are let down by a slightly shabby interior, but provided it’s as sorted as appearances suggest we’d be willing to deal with it while sourcing replacement parts over time. Find it here on in Heimdal, Norway for 49,900 NOK (~6,693 today). Special thanks to BaT reader Oliver K. for this submission!

This 1969 Fiat 850 Sport Coupe

9 Second Machine: 500 HP 1969 Fiat 850 Spider Drag Car

This 1969 Fiat 850 Spider runs a tube chassis and turbocharged, intercooled and fuel injected VW motor making 500 HP, and though shown without plates we gather it may even be street legal. Best ET is an impressive 8.96 @ 154.9 MPH, and though we’ve never seen it run down the strip, it sounded incredible just idling when we saw it at a local show. Find it here at The Samba in Mission Viejo, California with no given price. Special thanks to reader Mike P. for the submission!

9 Second Machine: 500 HP 1969 Fiat 850 Spider Drag Car

1971 Fiat 850 Special

This 1971 Fiat 850 Special (chassis 1610471) was imported from Italy by the current owner in 2012 and is said to be rust-free. Special model specs include front disc brakes, sport steering wheel, and a more powerful engine. This example is said to run and drive well, and the body, paint, and interior all look to be of decent driver quality. Find it here on eBay in Riverside, California with no reserve. 1971 Fiat 850 Front

Forged Side Relief Pistons by fiatnutz

Forged Side Relief pistons (FSR) are made with a forging design that feature a reduced skirt width and a shorter wrist pin as compared to traditional style (sometime call full round forging.) The narrow skirt helps to minimize the contact the piston has with the cylinder wall.

If you have never watch any of the great videos uploaded by fiatnutz on YouTube, you should. Here is a link to the Costa Mesa R&D Automotive Machine Shop’s channel:

1967 Fiat 850 Spider Racer

This 1967 850 Spider has been prepped for vintage racing by renowned specialists Krause and England, and has logbooks going back over twenty years. The car looks to be solidly and simply built, and should prove to be easily maintained and fun to race. It’s said that all it needs is a new set of race tires, but in our opinion all race cars need a nut-and-bolt check before hitting the track. Otherwise, this looks to be a great car for the first-time racer. Find it here on eBay in Jeddo, Michigan with no reserve.

1967 Fiat 850 Spider Racer