Abarth 124 Spider historical images (7)

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The iconic Fiat 124 Spider turns 50 today, having crossed five decades with elegance, sportiness and Italian-flair  

  • The Fiat 124 Sport Spider was first introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1966 and became the pinnacle of the evolution in the thrilling yet accessible convertible car segment led by Fiat since the end of World War II
  • The original 124 Spider was  designed by Pininfarina, long-time partner of the auto maker and a respected name in automotive car design worldwide
  • The Fiat Abarth 124 Rally version was also introduced in 1966 with a more powerful engine, fibreglass roof and bonnet, aluminium doors and considerable weight reduction. Tuned by the Abarth Racing Team, the car made its début in the 1972 season and continued racing until 1975
  • The second generation roadster, introduced in 1968, proved very successful and some 27,000 cars were built from 1969 to 1972
  • In 1983 the last development came with the 136 HP “Volumex” with volumetric turbocharger, designed mainly for the US market and selling over 200,000 units worldwide, 75 percent in the USA
  • In 2016, the Abarth badge finds a home on the iconic 124 Spider, designed to fascinate a new generation of fans with its best-in-class power and performance combined with stunning Italian design

The background
“The Turin Motor Show under the sign of optimism” was the positive-sounding title of the 48th edition of the event held in halls of Torino Esposizioni in 1966 and the Fiat 124 Sport Spider was the star of the show.

This model was the pinnacle of the evolution in the thrilling yet accessible convertible car segment that Fiat had led since the end of World War II with models such as the 1100 Spider in 1954, the 1200 and the twin-shaft 1500 Bialbero in 1958, the 1500 S and the 1600 S in 1961.

The 124 Sport Spider was designed for motorists seeking brilliant performance at an affordable price. The Abarth 124 Spider historical images (3)press dubbed it a “modern event” not just a simple car. It was modern because the quest for mobility was satisfied by a product that could excite and was reasonably priced, with a convincing and personal style, thrilling performance and innovative technical solutions, particularly mechanical.

The 124 Sport Spider was an evolution of the 124 saloon but was also a genuine sports car designed by Pininfarina, long-time partner of the automaker and a respected name in automotive design worldwide.

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