GENUINE & RARE ITALIAN BEAUTY – PININFARINA SPIDER EUROPA, FUEL INJECTED TWIN CAM. With summer behind us now and the glorious autumn colours fading, the time has come to consider the sale of my beautiful Tom Tjaarda designed Pininfarina Spider Europa. Reminiscent of Ferrari’s own beautifully proportioned and stylish masterpiece, the 275 GTS from the sixties, and being the exclusive Pininfarina branded car, my truly gorgeous Spider Europa has many people guessing at its origins although they all know it must be Italian. Finished in a classic yet understated Verde Scuro with a superb contrasting interior in light tan, the car really does look striking. Being left hand drive as standard, it keeps the semi exotic banner flying as people constantly admire it commenting on its subtle design and asking what it is. Obviously to those in the know, it’s derived from the more humble Fiat 124 convertible, but with a five speed gearbox, eager, Aurelio Lampredi designed fuel injected twin cam engine and disc brakes all round, these beautifully styled Italian cars are at least a generation ahead of their old fashioned British MGB and TR counterparts and at the moment they’re still an absolute classic car bargain! My particular Spider comes with its very own period brochure and is identical to the sales brochure featured car. As such it looks every inch the Italian thoroughbred portrayed within the pages. Perhaps a little less obvious than a bright red car, the classic dark racing green really does make it look very special – Pininfarina knew what they were doing when photographing this little gem! With one of the most innovative and stylish hood designs on any convertible, the glazed side windows and fine delicate top create a bright airy cabin with the roof up. It drops readily, and for proper open topped motoring, disappears almost completely under the rare tailored tonneau. As a modern concession to topless driving comfort, my car is fitted with a superb folding windbreak which can be raised for speed work or lowered for stylish cruising and as a great bonus; it has a heater as good as any MX5, perfect for chilly autumn days. The fuel injected twin cam engine provides excellent reliability and ease of use, hot or cold, and again, compared to an MGB, it’s absolutely leagues ahead. Typical Italianate details abound with Cromadora alloys, stainless brightwork and fine, chrome design touches. The useless rear seats of the early Fiat cars were dispensed with for the Pininfarina models and so there’s a really useful luggage space behind the seats of this intimate two seater – great for those long weekends away. Touches of luxury with electric windows as standard and an excellent stereo bring this thirty two year old classic more up to date. As one might expect for a thoroughbred classic, the car comes with original brochures as already mentioned, handbooks, workshop manuals and pages and pages of history and MOT’s. The current test runs through to next April although for me, I’ve just notified DVLA of SORN from the end of October as the weather turns and the car is tucked up for winter. The body is in fine fettle which may come as something of a surprise, but on the odd hot summer day, on one of our weekends away in The Lakes, I could see black wax oozing from some of the body drain holes so it’s clearly been well protected in the past. The correct period carpet is in great condition as is the vinyl interior and although there’s a really tiny nick on one flank of the gorgeous tan hood, the rear screen is almost perfectly clear – the car looks and feels superb! Some wise words from those really in the know: Graeme Hurst, Classic and Sports Car magazine, Nov 2010, wrote after driving in a twin cam convertible group comparison test: "... it's a lively performer with a surprising turn of speed. The Fiat's greatest pull is its evocative driving position: it's the most luxurious and the angle of the steering wheel makes you feel as if you're threading a Daytona through the Alps, while the spread of the Veglia dials and view across the bonnet adds to the car's 'poor man's Ferrari' appeal. That perception continues with the handling ...the Fiat corners tenaciously ...encourages you to use the gears as much as possible, dropping down a cog mid-corner to make the most of the revs as you blast out. All round disc brakes help to build your confidence... If you want to feel as though you are driving something exotic, then the Ferrari-like presence of the Fiat is a draw" Practical Classics Nov 2013, Price report "Fiat Spider..here's something that's rarer, prettier and rather nicer to pilot than an MGB ... 25% up in two years without looking dear ..." Paolo Pininfarina, June 2013, UK Sergio Pininfarina Tribute event, " ...this is the most successful car in the history of Pininfarina ..." Matt George, Classic Car Weekly Nov 2010 Buyers Guide "The Fiat 124 Spider makes for a much more individual choice of classic...offers everything an MGB does, but with the added bonus of much greater mechanical development and simple exclusivity. The Spider's running gear is at least a generation ahead, with the revvy twin-cam motor well known for its sweetness ...a sorted car is cheap and easy to run" Dan Powell, Classic Car Weekly April 2012 Top 10 Summer Convertibles "A lesson in class and understatement, the Fiat 124 Spider was one of the most affordable mass-produced sports cars of its generation ... the Spider was a huge success in Europe and in the US. Such was the success of the car, production continued right up until the mid-1980s" AS might be the case with any classic at relatively modest money there are bound to be ongoing jobs to keep on top of and at this years classic revival style meeting at Croft, the car developed a slight exhaust manifold leak that can be heard when the car is cold. It’s almost indiscernible when warm, particularly with the roof down and although I now have a new gasket, I haven’t yet got round to fitting it. A simple job perhaps for this winter, in readiness for next season. Offered for sale as an end of season bargain, please be aware that the car is not to be given away. Whilst I have seen similar cars advertised at twice this price, I feel as though I’m being realistic with the car at comfortably under ten grand. It’s very difficult to think of anything with so much style and rarity and true Italian heritage at anything like the money and let’s face it, cash isn’t really any use in the banks anymore – we may as well enjoy it in our cars! I’m selling both my Spider and my outrageous Cadillac Coupe de Ville to make way for a late sixties/early seventies Stingray but as I’ve not yet found the perfect ‘vette, I’m not pressured to sell now and in fact my partner thinks I shouldn’t sell the Spider at all – she loves it!
|Make||British Classic Cars|
|Category||British Classic Cars, Classic Cars, Pininfarina|
|LHD / RHD||LHD|
|Private / Trade||Private|
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|Advert placed on||November 25, 2015 11:01 am|