Time To Downsize: 1979 Fiat 124 Spider – STILL $10,850

June 6th Update:  another month passed and tristate restrictions still in place, the self described Elderly collector looking to downsize his collection placed another new listing for his Fiat but remains firm on his asking price of $10,850 dating back to when he first offered the car for sale in November.  We remained convinced if you’re the first to show up with no more than eight large cash in your pocket you’ll both walk away saying, “Well Bought.”

May 9th Update:  another three months and one global pandemic later, the self described Elderly collector looking to downsize his collection placed a new listing for his Fiat but remains firm on his asking price of $10,850 dating back to when he first offered the car for sale in November.  Be the first to show up with no more than eight large cash in your pocket and you’ll both walk away saying, “Well Bought.”

February 15th Update:  we first featured this Fiat Spider last November 6th and we noticed earlier this week the same caretaker has a new post with the same asking price.  We sense he’s hoping the pending start of spring will have potential buyers looking for a classic sports car such as his.  In our humble opinion the likely thing holding this 124 Roadster back may be nothing more than the poor quality pictures taken in what appears to be a dark parking garage.  

First listed in early November and still available here on Craigslist in Chatham, New Jersey is this 65,298 original mile, yellow over black vinyl, 1979 Fiat Spider 2000 the private seller continues asking $10,850 for, which relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide shows the current caretaker has his Spider priced about $2,000 less than the #3 “Good” estimate of $12,900.  The private seller Ed indicates he’s an elderly car enthusiast looking to reduce his collection, so if you are serious about purchasing this Spider, you can call him at (908) 872-7356 to start the conversation.

While Fiat originally launched its Pininfarina-designed, front engine, rear drive, 124 Spider in 1966, The U.S. market had to wait until 1968 for the car to arrive.  Compared to entry-level British sports cars of the period, the Spider offered advanced four-wheel disc-brakes, a double overhead cam inline four, intermittent wipers, radial-ply tires and a five-speed manual transmission.  Similar to its upmarket Alfa Romeo cousin, the Spider’s manual convertible top is very simply to use and can be raised and lowered from the driver’s seat. The example presented here represents the first year of the larger two liter engine and to designate the change Fiat changed the name from “124” to “2000”. While technically equipped with a back seat, only very small children will find it comfortable to use.

We like this Spider 2000 as its not painted the typical red and appears rare example of one that’s actually been well cared for throughout its life.  The pictures have us wondering whether this example received a repaint at some point, so you’ll need look carefully to confirm that’s the case.  Otherwise, if the documentation and underside all check out during your in-person inspection, you’ll have a fun little roadster you can enjoy come spring.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1979 Fiat 124 Spider Roadster. 65298 Actual Miles – Extensive documentation to include log book.
Recent tune, oil service, safety inspection, new battery, new tires and new soft top.
NO RUST EVER – Runs and drives 100% – Interior is flawless and as new to include simulated wood trim.
Paint has high luster and free of chips / scratches.
All previous documentation, tire tools and top boot are present and included.”

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