by Mike –
We have featured several classic cars as examples of cool collector cars that can be had for less than $50,000 USD.
Today we are discussing one that is well below the $50,000 number – the Fiat 850 Spider.
Fiat 850 Spider
In the mid-60’s Fiat wanted to make a volume sports car, one that would be an enthusiast’s “first sports car.” The first model was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro while he was at Bertone.
The original 843 cc engine (placed in the rear) was tuned to produce 49 hp which allowed it to reach a top speed of 145 km/h (90 mph). Later a 903 cc engine producing 52 hp was introduced.
The body built by Bertone was steel. The convertible top folded and could be tucked neatly away under a metal lid.
With a 1600 pound curb-weight and 5.50″ x 13″ tires, the little spider delivered light. The first generation had a headlamp that looked like a plexiglass cover but that was the headlamp itself. Nevertheless, US headlamp laws required them to redesign it so the newer ones would meet U.S. laws.
Hemmings wrote in their analysis of the car,
If you find one that needs both bodywork and an engine, our best advice is to keep on walking.
This is a classic car that is inexpensive to buy but may be expensive to restore if you buy the wrong example, still it packs a lot of fun for so little money.
Read more of what Wallace Wyss wrote about the Fiat 850 Spider at this link.
Number made: 124,660 from 1967 through 1974
Hagerty Price Guide value for a condition 2 example: $13,300
Sports Car Market Pocket Price Guide median price: $9,100
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