63,947 Actual Miles:

1981 Fiat Spider 2000!

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The Fiat 124 Sport Spider is an agile, 2+2 convertible based on the 124 sedan that debuted at the Torino Auto Salon in November of 1966.

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The model was produced for almost 20 years. Its timelessly beautiful body was designed and built by Pininfarina, then sent to Fiat's gigantic Lingotto plant for completion.

With few exceptions, all Spiders built after 1974 were sold in the United States, where the carefree little number successfully competed with the likes of MGB, Triumph Spitfire and Volkswagen Beetle convertibles.

This 1981 Spider America 2000, VIN *ZFAAS00B5B8186081* is one of just 4,747 units manufactured for the model year. It has been driven less than 64K miles in the past 37 years and comes with a clean and clear history report.

The car is presented with a neat show card, highlighting its traits and specs.

Needless to say, this particular Spider is stunning to behold. Its coachwork is wonderfully straight, its body lines and gaps are perfect. The finish is smooth and very glossy, without any scrapes, dings, or dents.

Car started its life in Grigio Fumo, has been completely refinished in beautiful Rosso Corsa (Ferrari Red). Paint is glossy, smooth and virtually flawless. It still wears its correct set of CROMODORA Speedline CD-1 alloys, in excellent condition.

Engine bay looks toothbrush clean. An aluminum radiator has been fitted.

Fiat's legendary two-liter DOHC four cylinder power plant, equipped with BOSCH Jetronic fuel injection from 1980-on, delivers 102 lively horses, resulting in very spirited performance, indeed. The engine always starts instantly and runs great, with no fluid leaks or untoward noises to report.

Fiat's cockpit exudes some of the aura of a mid-sixties Ferrari 330, with its array of circular VEGLIA instruments set into a wood veneer dash, its leather-covered alloy steering wheel and long, chromed shifter handle.

Interior presents itself pristinely preserved, especially the crack-free dash top and center console are a joy to behold. All lights and gauges are in working condition, even the clock!

Spider's ultra-comfortable, champagne-colored sport seats are equally appealing. There are no flaws of any kind.


Fiat actually comes with a small rear bench seat. It's best suited for small children or service animals.

Sexy rear features the 1979-and-up, larger taillights. Note the Flowmaster muffler peeking out from under the rear valance. It provides additional aural entertainment.

Spider actually possesses a large trunk, nicely finished with gray felt. Battery is located here, too. A soft car cover is included.

Wednesday, December 19 was another sunny Southern California "winter" day and we were looking forward to our test drive.

The Spider does not disappoint. Driving it today, it brought back fond memories. Years ago, we bought and exported many of its California brethren. Interestingly, they all ended up in Germany, where the model has many devoted fans.

The Spider is surprisingly agile. If driving fun is what you're after, you owe it to yourself to try a Spider. Especially the fuel-injected versions are a hoot to fling around twisty backcountry roads.

Going places, Italian style.

Returning home, we are in love again. This little sports car, featuring a snug top that can be openend and closed within seconds, really makes us happy. It runs, drives, handles, shifts, and stops with aplomb. Of course, being a low-mileage example, having covered less than 1,750 miles annually, on average, helps tremendously.

Here it is, a fabulously attractive Italian job that looks like a Ferrari, can easily be driven daily, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Are you ready to enjoy La Dolce Vita?


You are most welcome to inspect this fine automobile at our location in Ventura, by appointment, or have someone inspect it for you.
Please, direct all inquiries to bill@californiaclassix.com or call us at 805-653-5551.