Today we have an easy one for you. Take a look at this shot and see if you can guess the identity of our mystery car before hitting the jump. Here's a hint- it's engine turns back time.
Did you guess? How about another hint- It has a Bertone-designed body, and shares its headlamps with a car that has 3 times the cylinder count.
That's right, it's a Fiat 850 Spider! The diminutive droptop, produced between 1966 and 1973 provided sporty, economical driving pleasure to thousands of people with no particular time requirements for reaching their destinations.
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Starting out with an 817 cc, 42 hp motor in order to limbo under the U.S. emissions controls - which at the time didn't apply to engines below 50 c.i.d. - the engine in this '69 is actually the larger 903, providing a nose-hair yanking 52 ponies, but still requiring a down shift should more than one bee at a time hit the windshield. As we noted, this engine turns back time- like the corvair and a few others, the little four-banger spins counterclockwise, unlike the clockwise hula dance of most modern ICEs.
While a '69 would normally have the much less attractive raised and un-glazed sealed beams, an unplanned introduction to a freeway transition wall allowed the owner of this blue beauty to graft of the front clip of an earlier car, including those lovely headlamps- which also could be found illuminating the path of the contemporary Lamborghini Miura P400. Nice company indeed.
The interior is cozy, which is good as the heater doesn't do a whole hell of a lot, and the luxury of a real-wood dashboard is offset by the exposed attaching screw heads.
See, didn't we tell you that'd be easy?