Junkyard Find: 1980 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1980 fiat 124 sport spider

In all my years of snouting around in junkyards, one thing has remained constant: a sprinkling of Fiat 124 Sport Spiders. They were fairly common in junkyards in 1983, and they’re just about as common now. Where do these Fiats come from? Will the supply of forgotten project 124 Spiders ever run out? Here’s the lastest example, a fuel-injected ’80 I found in a Denver self-service yard.

Fiat switched from a carburetor to Bosch fuel injection in 1980. The 1995cc Fiat Twin Cam made 86 horsepower in 1980, which beat the hell out of the final-year MGB’s 62.5 horsepower (I can’t resist comparing all Malaise Era cars to the MGB, because of that hilarious half-horsepower).

This one has a not-so-terrible interior, which means it was stored indoors prior to its final tow-truck ride (the Colorado sun can obliterate a convertible’s interior in a single summer).

I’m assuming these garish stripes were added on after the car’s initial purchase, but you never know with Malaise Era machines.

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  • Oldyak Oldyak on Jun 12, 2012

    very, very nice sports compared to what was available at the time!Good build quality,very nice compliant suspension and a nice sound from the twin cam.

  • And003 And003 on Jun 12, 2012

    Murilee, if you should happen to come across this message, I have a question: do the salvage yards where you find these cars let people buy the whole car instead of just parts?

  • Tassos 25 years old, 200k miles, $12,000 devalued worthless Biden Dollars?Hard pass.
  • GrumpyOldMan Lost me at the last word of the second paragraph.
  • Bobbysirhan I suppose this explains why almost everything that makes a GM product function has been Chinese for several years now.
  • Kevin 35 grand if a 2 door but not a 4 door!
  • Kevin 35 grand USD for a 57 wagon that still needs lots of work such as spindles body work and what ever else maybe 25 but 35 no thanks I'll stick with what I have. Floor pans replaced and whatever else my 68 chevelle I paid $4800.00 USD 20 years ago and is all original.