Junkyard Gem: 1978 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

Prior to the Fiat 124 Spider was a Mazda, it was the 124 Sport Spider, the two-seat convertible variation of the large-marketing (in Europe) 124 sedan. Bought in the United States from the 1968 through 1985 model many years (with the final few yrs sporting Pininfarina badges, courtesy of Malcolm Bricklin), these fan and affordable autos were once everywhere you go on our roads and house owners have tried out to cling onto them even after they crack down. As a result, I see about as a lot of 124 Activity Spiders in junkyards these days as I did 40 several years back, when you could nevertheless obtain them new. This is a little purple satan of a ’78 Sport Spider, discovered in a San Francisco Bay Spot auto graveyard a number of years again.

This car’s most important product sales rival in the United States was the equally entertaining and economical MGB, and I still obtain loads of individuals in the boneyards to this day. The MGB was sturdier but a bit much more primitive than the Activity Spider, and both endured from maddeningly unpredictable electrical units.

The cost tag on this car was $6,495, or about $30,780 in 2022 dollars. The 1978 MGB charge $5,649 ($26,770 now) that 12 months. If you preferred the much quicker Alfa Romeo Spider in 1978, you had to shell out $9,195 ($43,570 today).

Though the MGB’s antiquated pushrod straight-four produced just 62.5 horsepower in 1978 (certainly, British Leyland claimed that 50 %-horse), the ’78 Sport Spider put out 86 horsepower from its DOHC engine. The control body weight of the Spider was decrease, far too (2,180 lbs compared to the Brit’s 2,338 lbs).

This one has a considerably-pale 1990 San Francisco residential parking permit, for Zone C. Which is the upscale Nob Hill neighborhood, where by this vehicle must have appeared a minor also significantly on the proletariat facet.

These cars are likely to commit a long time sitting in a driveway or lawn, awaiting repairs that might in no way come. At some point, reality comes contacting and they consider that ultimate tow-truck journey to a put like this.

Motorcars in the wonderful European custom.