Posts Tagged ‘500’

Projects and Parts – Fiat 124 Spider, X1/9, 500 and 850 Spider

October 16, 2015

It’s time for a survey of some interesting Fiats available for sale. The first is this 1976 Fiat Spider for sale for $1850 in Long Beach, CA. There’s nothing fun like a classic car with a wacky paint job, and this is a great example. Was the painter going for patriotic Italian-American? Beach umbrella style? Curiously, there are auxiliary lights on the rear fenders, and the top frame needs adjustment or repair. It’s said to run and drive well, but not much more is provided in the way of details. Stripes mean nobody will run into you when you’re waiting for a tow.

1976 Fiat Spider right front

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Quintessential 50s – 1959 Ford Fairlane 500

April 4, 2014

In 1957, Ford’s Fairlane sprouted wings for its second generation. By 1959, the car had evolved to share many styling details with its Thunderbird sibling, with a similar grill and front end, and low fins and rocket tail lights at the back (the only styling detail it shares with a BMW 2002!). Nonetheless, this car could be considered restrained when parked next to its Chevrolet competitor, and it sold in comparable numbers. You can find this 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 for sale for $4000 in Spring Branch, TX.

1959 Ford Fairline 500 left front

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Pre-Rusty – 4000km in a Fiat 500 Sport

September 17, 2011

Mostly modern cars are not interesting to this site, since they err too far on the trusty side of the rusty-to-trusty spectrum. But every so often, a new car is eye-catching or different enough that it catches my attention. The recently-introduced (to the US market) Fiat 500 is of those. Last month, on a trip to eastern Canada, I had a chance to rent a 500 Sport from Budget (mini sportster, class XF). Having test-driven a 500 Pop when the nearest Fiat dealer first opened, I already had some idea of what to expect, but spending so much time with one in all kinds of situations really gave a full perspective.

Fiat 500 sport on Nutting Rd., Montgomery Center, VT

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