Fiat may be coming out with a tarted-up MX-5 in the near future, but the original Fiat 124 Spider set such a high bar for pure joy that it’ll be tough to live up to. There’s no single car I’ve driven that’s as much fun and as easy to drive as the old 124 Spider. Here’s why you, too, must track an old roadster.
“It’s good, but what if it had more power?” Such is the question that has dogged the Mazda Miata for decades. Save for tuners and one turbo Mazdaspeed version, we’ve never really gotten it. Now the Italians are here to answer that question for us: the Fiat 124 Spider will get an “extreme” Abarth version. »
Mazda and Fiat have been cooking up a new roadster based on the 2016 Miata platform for a while now. First it was supposed to be an Alfa Romeo, then it was punted over to Fiat after Alfa decided to make their own roadster. (Apparently Mazda wasn't Italian enough for them.) But now we have an official name for the Fiat… »
[To protect its windshield from rocks and trees and whatever else you might encounter on a rally in the early '70s, this Fiat Abarth 124 Spider had a sort of ante-windshield made of mesh bolted to the fenders. I have never seen one outside of this press picture. Photo Credit: Fiat] »
Though we rarely see 124 Spiders on the street nowadays, they are still out there. Here's one that hung on long enough to see five different decades. »
Once I found the Fiat Strada, I knew I'd have to be able to find a 124 somewhere on the island. Sure enough, on the same block as the aquamarine '65 Impala, here was this fine example of Italian Malaise. These things used to be quite common on the island (as were MGBs), but... well, you know the rest of that story.