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  1. Slim

    Slim Formula 3

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    #1 Slim, Dec 17, 2004
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    I remember talking about our Fiats a year or so ago. Well, I just got my '69 124 Spider back from the paint shop. It's not exactly a rocket but it's fun enough and I don't have to worry about it. It's pretty funny that I owned 8 different Fiats before I bought what is probably the most popular one.
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  3. Slim

    Slim Formula 3

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    #2 Slim, Dec 17, 2004
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    Oh, and when I go to the beach to surf or need to haul some stuff (like a Christmas tree...) I drive this: 1972 Fiat 238 Wohnmobile camper van with conversion by Weinsberg. Pop-top, stove, sink, fridge, sofa/table/bed, closets etc. It's only got 1438cc so please go around!
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  4. mikeyr

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    #4 mikeyr, Dec 18, 2004
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    proud owner of a 1973 124 Spider that I purchased in Feb. 1974, although my 124 has seen better days, its motor is running again as of 2 weeks ago in preparation for my daughter getting her license in 6 months, it was my first car and will be her first car.

    But she really wants to drive my other FIAT.
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  5. JBsZ06

    JBsZ06 Formula Junior

    Dec 6, 2003
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    Thanks for the photos of all the wonderful Fiat sports car..

    The 1974 X1/9 was a favorite back then...The Dino with the ferrari V6 was truly another beauty!

    The fiat 124 spyder was a long standing favorite too...
     
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  7. ashsimmonds

    ashsimmonds F1 World Champ

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    if they managed to shoehorn that baby into the X, i don't think ferrari would even be on the map for me. :) the bertone X1/9 design is so purely timeless... every now and then i think it looks dated, but i park next to a "modern" car and 'competition' becomes an empty werd.
     
  8. davem

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    Had 3 diffrent X1/9's. A 74, 79, and lastly an 83. Great cars, lots of fun and cheap to fix. The 83 was kinda reliable too!
     
  9. aventino

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    My dad's gone through at least a dozen (124,125,131,132 etc.) and currently has a coupe with the 5 cyl 20V turbo. So I suppose there's a degree of guilt by association.
     
  10. ashsimmonds

    ashsimmonds F1 World Champ

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    "kinda" is stretching it a bit... :D
     
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  12. snj5

    snj5 F1 World Champ

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    Amazing videos. How did you achieve such an incredible sound from your car.? Best sounding X1/9 ever.
    best
    rt
    Former 850 Spider owner
     
  13. dave_fonz_164

    dave_fonz_164 Formula 3

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    the first car i learned to drive with was a Fiat Panda 750
    Dads first car was a Fiat 500 bak in 67


    there's just something cool about fiats..........
     
  14. lukek

    lukek Formula 3

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    learned to drive on my granmonther's Fiat 126p. My dad later bought a yellow 125p
     
  15. ashsimmonds

    ashsimmonds F1 World Champ

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    cheers. :cool:

    it's actually a 1608 DOHC stuffed in the back of it. 80x80 bore/stroke with relatively high (10.5-11:1) CR, fat cams and dual carbs. i totally blew the exhaust apart oneday when i went to hammer it, broke clean in two just below the manifold flange. :D so i knew it was time to go for something decent.

    those two vids with the screeching and stuff are PRE-exhaust a day or two after i bought it i guess... you can't even hear the exhaust in it, that noise is pure IDF's induction. :)

    i had to get it all custom made, HPC coated extractors, stainless free-flow twin outlet exhaust. cost me like $1300 for say 3 feet of tubing. :( but the sound... it's fun driving just driving around at low speeds, especially in our inner-city skinny streets with noise reverberating off buildings. everywhere i go car alarms blare into life. :D

    i always knew it sounded good, but one night at like 3am in a quiet hilly neighbourhood my dad (a petrolhead from way back) took it for a spirited burn through the hills. i couldn't believe my ears, nearly a mile away i could hear him changing at redline, echoing through the hills, and it just made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. i was flabbergasted... sure, it's no tubi-equipped 355 or maserati, but for a road-going 4banger i can't imagine any better than my italian symphony.

    here's a vid of me starting it up early in the morning the day after i blew the exhaust off. :D

    http://www.users.on.net/~ashsimmonds/Xnoexhaust.MOV (8mb)

    thanks for the kind werds. :)
     
  16. Farmers Agent

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    May 24, 2004
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    Yes sir I have had quite a few 124 spyders. I would restore and sell them. I currently have a mint 1982 124. I'm keeping this one. I also have my 85 308 F-car. I have the best of both worlds. If I want a convert for the day I have it. Also saves some miles on the 308 and I do let my 18 yr old son drive the Fiat. HE always wants the Ferrari but I say "Nay,Nay" unless i am sitting next to him!!!!
     
  17. icars

    icars Formula Junior

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    Currently selling my 73 365 GT4 and keeping my 81 FIAT.

    My FIAT is the coldest FIAT on the planet. Yes I have dual Air. The back seat has been taken out and replaced with additional A/C for the Texas summers. It's all a matter of what I enjoy tossing around Dallas Traffic. I get far too little use from the Ferrari to make it worth keeping.

    My wife is pissed she like the Ferrari, I told her to take over the payments and maintenance and she could keep it. Thusly it still for sale :)

    So I will continue to have the 81 FIAT as my daily driver. I am looking for a Touring bodied Lancia as my "toy" car.
     
  18. WCH

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    My wife and I are looking for a 500 in terrific condition to keep our Vespa 400 company.
     
  19. Armand

    Armand Rookie

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    Hey all, havent been here in a while....
    had 2.
    80 Spider, although I like to spell it SPYDER, yes, the Fi model.
    Was ok, brakes got mushy after a few hot laps, but the 74 X1/9 has to be
    1 of the most fun cars Ive ever owned...I still miss that car and Im sorry I didnt keep it.
    I sold it but still have the owners man, the 1 w/ the 1600cc index, my Fiat keyfob, buncha issues of Bravo, a poster of the SpYder.

    Armand.
     
  20. moretti

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    #18 moretti, Dec 21, 2004
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    well I just took my 2300S for a spin due to the fact the Ferrari is trashed and the BMW has steam pouring out of it and I must say I love driving this old clanger which will keep up with the gt4 on the open road, not in acceleration but in top speed which I find amazing !
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  21. snj5

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    #19 snj5, Dec 21, 2004
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    My first car was a 71 Fiat 850 Spider with 903 screamin cc's. While you see many 124s and X1/9s, you just don't see 850s anymore. A really nice Bertone design, taught me how to basically work on cars, and it was the most exotic car at my High School in 1976. I even saved up my paper route money and put on a JC Whitney header open muffler system which sounded like Richard Petty lived in the neighborhood. Of course, I aspired to an X1/9...now I won't even fit!
    best to all
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  22. Slim

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    Thanks for posting the photos and info on your Fiats guys. I knew I wasn't the only one around here! I've had two '64 1500 cabriolets, a couple of 131s, a 2400 dino coupe, and now the campervan and the '69 spider. Someday I'd like to have a 2300S like Moretti posted!
     
  23. sjmst

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    I am the original owner of a 1981 Spider 2000. It is in pretty much mint condition. I made the mistake of getting a bargain respray. Looks good from a few feet away, but no concours. By time it hits its 25th birthday (antique status) I will have it done properly.
    Met Brown with the beige top and interior. That's the color they had in the brochure that year.
     
  24. classic308

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    was a 1976 Fiat 131;my second was a Fiat Strada (Ritmo in Europe). The Strada was injected and ran beautifully-engine and tranny were bulletproof while the rest of the car rotted away. Still got over 100K miles (most of them in NYC) out of it at a dirt cheap price-purchased it as a leftover when Fiat pulled out of the US market.
     
  25. dave_fonz_164

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    my dad had an 85 ritmo 1.3 i believe, was a fun lil bugger, very durable car. what engine was offered on the american model?
     
  26. classic308

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    It was a SOHC 1.5 liter with Bosch FI and I believe it put out the massive sum of 80 h.p.........
     
  27. ronfrohock

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    I have a '82 Fiat Spider,Red over Tan Leather with 80K fun miles on it.
    My wife, kids and I have had a bunch of fun in this car. We recently re-built the car from the bottom up, (engine, trans, suspension, brakes, paint, roof, interior,etc,) and it's ready for another 80K miles.
    I would strongly reccomend this car to anyone. I have never had a problem with it and I continue to drive it daily, in the summer when it's not wet.
    - Ron
     

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