Als Pininfarina vor dreissig Jahren den Fiat 124 Spider auf die Räder stellte, ahnte wohl niemand, welch langes Leben dem Turiner Auto-Schönling beschieden sein würde. Zwei Jahrzehnte lang blieb der offene Flitzer im Programm, immer wieder überarbeitet.
In der sportiven Abarth-Version gewann er die Rallye-Europameisterschaft, mit einem volumetrischen Kompressor versehen erreichte er die höchste Leistungsausbeute seiner Karriere. In den USA implantierte man ihm gar einen Turbolader. Die Fan-Gemeinde des robusten Evergreens verteilt sich längst um den ganzen Erdball - die treuesten seiner Liebhaber aber finden sich ganz besonders in Deutschland.
Eberhard Kittler, profunder Kenner der Oldtimer-Szene und Autor zahlreicher Veröffentlichungen, legt hier das wohl gründlichste Standardwerk über den Spider vor, der unter Fiat-, respektive Pininfarina-Ägide alle Zeitläufe überdauerte. Wer mehr und bislang Unveröffentlichtes über die Historie oder die sportlichen Kapriolen des Spiders lesen will, wird mit diesem Buch genauso auf seine Kosten kommen wie diejenigen, die Wert auf eine fundierte Kaufberatung und entsprechende Expertentipps legen.
Fiat 124 - Spider, Coupé e Abarth - Le vetture che hanno fatto la storia
Among the numerous novelties presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1966, of particular importance was the stunning sports car designed by Pininfarina on the basis of the 124 Saloon. This 2+2 convertible with attractive and very compact styling, was fitted with a twin overhead camshaft four-cylinder engine. Success in terms of client approval and sales was immediate and the 124 Sport spider project was one of those that defied the passing of the years.
When it finally went out of production in 1985 a total of 200,000 examples of the spider had been sold throughout the world. Moreover, the competition versions of the 124 Sport Spider accumulated a highly respectable record in rallies, crowned by victory in the 1972 European Championship. The sister version of the spider, the 124 Sport Coupé, designed by the Fiat Styling Centre, was also successful in terms of production numbers, with 300,000 cars being sold over its 10-year career.
This new revised and corrected edition recounts the genesis and development of the 124 sports cars, including the Rally Abarth from 1972 and the story of the most significant victories, told through the words of the leading drivers. Completely renewed in the iconography - with many more color images than the first edition and photo shoots specially made - the book is completed by a guide to restoration and technical files on the versions sold in Europe.
FIAT 124 Spider & Pininfarina Azurra Spider (AS-DS) (1966-1985) - The Essential Buyer's Guide
The Fiat 124 Spider family originally encompassed station wagon and Sport Coupé models, the Sport Spider being based on the shortened floorpan from the 124 Sedan and Coupé. Fiat only produced left-hand drive models, and there were many variations, with engine sizes from 1500cc to 2000cc - all inline 4-cylinder DOHC alloy head motors, ranging from 90PS to 135PS. This Essential Buyer's Guide is dedicated to helping you buy your perfect classic 124 Spider, giving you essential information and tips, direct from marque expert Campbell Robertson, so that you can confidently assess a 124 Spider before making a decision. In fact, it's the only book you need!
Contents: - Full coverage of the Fiat 124 Spider and Pininfarina Azurra Spider - Where and how to buy a Fiat 124 Spider - Advice on choosing the right model and condition - Key checks - how to spot a bad car quickly - Comprehensive inspection guide - In-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses - Discussion of desirable upgrades, as well as modifications to avoid - Market and value data - Details of club back-up and support organisations.
Covers all FIAT 124 Sport Spiders produced between 1966 and 1985, and includes Pininfarina Spider Azzura. Does not cover CSA variations (limited run homologation specials).
96 Seiten, 19.5 x 14 cm, Softcover
Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2020)
The Essential Buyer's Guide
FIAT 124 Spider & Pininfarina Azurra Spider (AS-DS) (1966-1985)
Abarth 124 Spider - Past & Present / Passato e presente
In 1966 the Fiat 124 Sport Spider forcefully bursts into the sports car market with an extremely elegant line and the world's first twin-shaft engine driven by a toothed belt. Private drivers immediately appreciate its great road qualities and use it both in speed racing and in rallies. In 1970 the private individuals Alcide Paganelli and Ninni Russo win the Italian Rally Championship; in 1972 private individuals Lele Pinto and Gino Macaluso, assisted by the manufacturer, won the Mitteleuropean Championship (Mitropa Cup).
In the same year, Abarth prepares the absolute weapon for the Squadra Corse, which becomes official. In three years of rallying at the highest level, the Fiat Abarth 124 Rally enters the legend, capturing numerous successes and winning the European Championship in 1975 and the Italian Rally Championship in 1974 and 1975. In 2016 the model long regretted by enthusiasts returns in a guise all new, very modern and technological, which in every way draws on the great tradition of the past.
The book tells the evolution of the 124 Sport Spider in the various displacements and of the 124 Abarth Rally and summarizes their racing events in seven chapters. Finally, it covers the genesis of the new Abarth 124 from design to competitive debut. The texts are supported by over 300 images of the time and current, many of which unpublished, by detailed technical sheets, lists of "racing" plates and other important documents for the knowledge and correct conservation of the models.
Elvio Deganello, Roberto Valentini
210 Seiten, 28 x 24 cm, Softcover
300+ farbige und s/w-Abbildungen
Libreria ASI Service (IT, 2017)
Abarth 124 Spider - Past & Present / Passato e presente