1978 Fiat 124 Spider CS1 1800
- Imported from USA 02/04/1991
- Manufactured June 1978
- Mileage - 95,611
- Ex-California Registered Car
- Dry Stored Since 2014
- New MoT through to August 2019
- Starts On The Button, Runs Well
- Unfinished Project, But A Strong Basis
Our original intention for this 124 Spider was to develop it as an Abarth replica*; 1800cc engine, red bodywork, solid and largely complete, it is pretty much the perfect candidate. But, since we bought it last year (it had been laid up in dry storage from 2014), we've sadly found very little time to work upon it in between our other projects and customers' cars. We have got it back up and running, sorted out a few little jobs (freed off the brakes, replaced some hoses, sorted out a fuelling gremlin, etc) and it is now fully MoTed and usable once more. However, we've had to admit that we're never going to realistically get the chance to build the full-fat Abarth evocazione, so have decided that now is a good point to move it on. If you've got a little more time than than us, though, this is a superb starting point for a 124 Spider project.
An ex-California registered vehicle, it was importated into the UK way back in 1991 and is very solid. There's a decent selection of service history, including paperwork from its time in the States, and it's clear that, at some point, somebody has spent no small amount of money on this car. There are receipts for a gearbox rebuild, replacement big end shells, it's been fitted with a 28/36 performance Weber carb' and the original US spec' engine has been replaced with a high-compression European unit rebuilt by Scholar engineering; so none of those horrible emissions regulations choking the performance. It actually runs very well, and starts on the button.
Having said that, this obviously isn't our usual finished article and is something we would describe as a running project. The paintwork, while taking a good photo and looking great at ten paces, is marked in several places, with some cosmetic bubbling here and there and would benefit greatly from a respray. The interior upholstery is grubby and the carpet mats have gone walk-about but the roof is actually very good - no rips or tears and keeps the cabin dry. There's plenty of scope here - either go the full nine yards and restore it fully, or, as we'd planned, get a bit more creative and develop something with a sting in that timelessly pretty tail.
Anyway, at this price, this surely has to be one of the most affordable ways you can jump into a road-legal, running classic 124 Spider?
For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us.
*While planning the 'Progetto Abarth', we have stockpiled some very rare 124 parts including a roll-cage, hardtop, Cromodora CD18 wheels and some highly sought after magnesium Cromodora CD9 rims too. If you're interested in any of those, ring us for a chat.