1979 Fiat 124 Spider
As seen on Season Two of FantomWorks
I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland which had a wonderful mass transit system so I never learned to drive until I moved to the US and married my husband now of 46 years, Richard. Shortly after our marriage, Richard joined the Air Force and became an officer. After a few years we were moved to Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia. We loved the beautiful scenic drives available to us on the James River Peninsula and decided to sell our big Pontiac and buy a used 1968 Fiat 124 Spider. I immediately fell in love with the shiny red roadster with the easiest convertible top ever invented. Of course, as luck would have it I became pregnant two months after we bought the roadster. Even when I was nine months pregnant I could manage to put the top up and down with ease. I remember leaving the Commissary on a warm day in May with the top down and having a car load of Airmen whistle at me and I had to laugh because they couldn’t see that I was pregnant. I loved that car. Of course shortly after our daughter was born we had to trade it in for something bigger. Fast forward nearly 45 years and we are retired and living on the northern end of the Outer Banks and I said to my husband how much I would love to have that Fiat again. Richard took that literally and surprised me last Christmas with a 79 Spider that he bought from a Classic Car dealer in Scottsdale, Arizona via the internet. Unfortunately, as with some internet cars, there was a number of mechanical items that needed to be fixed to make the car both safe and drive-able for me (much more than we had anticipated),but Dan kept us in the loop at every step of the process. The car runs great and I can’t wait for the fall when the crowds disappear and the weather cools so I can put the top down and drive my Spider up and down NC 12! Thanks to all of you at FantomWorks!
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The 124 Sport Spider is a 2+2 (car body style) convertible sports car marketed by Fiat from 1966 to 1980 – having debuted at the November 1966 Turin Auto Show.
The body of the car was designed and marketed by Pininfarina. The convertible body was designed by Tom Tjaarda, who used his earlier designs of Chevrolet Corvette “Rondine” and Ferrari 275 GTS.
The Sports Spider and the Fiat 124 Coupé shared the numeric portions of their name with the 124 sedan along with much of their running gear – and, in the case of the Coupé, a shared platform. The Sports Spider utilized a shorter platform along with a shorter wheelbase, and in contrast to the Pinifarina styled and manufactured Spider, Fiat designed and manufactured the Coupé in-house.
Read more about Spiders at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_124_Sport_Spider