Copper & Cream: 1962 Fiat 1200 Vetture Speciali Spider – SOLD!
February 27, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
While never considered much a sports car mainly due to a lack of power from its tiny 1200 cc engine, the Pininfarina-designed 1962 Fiat 1200 VT Spider is a pretty car that shares many design elements of Ferrari roadsters of the period. Spare parts were a problem in the states for these cars when new, so it’s refreshing to come across a nicely preserved example that’s received a restoration to like-new condition. This copper over cream example currently originally listed on Craigslist in February 2021 in Deerfield Beach, Florida (Miami) may not be fast, but it certainly will make you look good getting you anywhere you drive it. Currently offered for $25,000, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their 1200 VT priced $500 above this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $24,500. Interestingly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool provides a much different assessment as in this case the asking price falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $19,000 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $32,000.
After discovering this Fiat Spider for just listed for sale on Craigslist, we were surprised by the number of places the private seller has tried to list their Fiat over the past several months without success. Perhaps with spring approaching, that trend will soon change.
The seller provides a slide show of the pictures provided in their ad:
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1962 Fiat 1200 VT (“Vetture Speciali”- Special Cars) – Spider – Matching Numbers
Overhead-valve 1,221cc four-cylinder engine with a two-barrel Weber 36DCD downdraft carburetor generates 55hp at 5,300 RPM enough to push the 2,030-pound car close to 90 MPH.
The two-seater was designed and built by the artisans at Pinin Farina; the “Vetture Speciali” (Special Cars). Badges on the 1961 example indicate this car’s hand-built nature and special brightwork trim. Floor shifter for the four-speed manual, rollup door windows, and a folding soft top that disappeared into a devoted well behind the seats for a smooth appearance. A very rare hardtop comes with the car.
Well preserved, thorough mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment. The engine was tuned up and the outside everything has been refinished or reconditioned. Finished in copper over the beige interior, it looks stunning.
Show or go: what would you do with this restored Fiat? Comment below and let us know!