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1977 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

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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.

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1977 Fiat 124 Sport Spider


This Fiat has a few dents, but all the parts are there, there's no (visible) rust, and it's in pretty good shape. It must drive, too, because it's not always in the same parking space.

1977 Fiat 124 Sport Spider


With just 86 horsepower to haul its 2,180 pounds, the '77 Spider wasn't exactly fast. And with a list price of $6,115, buyers were likely tempted to shell out the extra $884 for the Japanese reliability and 149 horses of the Datsun 280Z.

1977 Fiat 124 Sport Spider


Of course, the Z wasn't this car's true competition; British Leyland products like the MGB and TR6 were. So let's have a poll to see whether the Jalopnik readership would choose the 79-horsepower red MGB over the 86-horsepower red 124!




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Rob Emslie

Having owned an MGB, and having had to drive/work on/work on again/and again/and one more time/crap-again?!/why doesn't she get rid of this thing/I could just light it on fire, nobody'd be the wiser my sister in law's Fiat 124 spider, I've got to go British- warts and all.

MGs are a joy to drive. The 124 (and maybe this one was a particularly skunky example) had leaden steering, jumped all over the place on uneven surfaces and didn't track worth a damn. And keeping it running was part mechanics and part Juju magic. Nice top though, much easier to raise and lower than on a B.