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Junkyard Gem: 1978 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

Before The Fiat 124 Spider is a Mazdathat is 124 Sport Spiderbest-selling two-seater convertible (in Europe) 124 sedans. Sold in the United States from model years 1968 through 1985 (with sporty Pininfarina badges for the last few years, powered by Malcolm Bricklin), these affordable and fan-powered cars were once the everywhere on our roads and the owners managed to stick to them even after they broke down. As a result, I find there are many Chapter 124 Spider-Man sports in the junkyard these days like I did 40 years ago, when you can still buy them new. This is a little red demon of the ’78 Sport Spider, found in a car graveyard in the San Francisco Bay Area a few years ago.

This car’s main sales rival in the United States is similar Fun and affordable MGB, and I still find a lot of it in the vineyards to this day. The MGB is stiffer but a bit more primitive than the Sport Spider, and both have unpredictable electrical systems.

The price of this car is $6,495, or about $30,780 in 2022 dollars. The 1978 MGB cost $5,649 ($26,770 now) that year. If you want much faster Alfa Romeo Spider-Man 1978you had to shell out $9,195 ($43,570 today).

While the MGB’s straight four-necked cart produced only 62.5 hp in 1978 (yes, British Leyland claims that half-horse), the ’78 Sport Spider made its debut. eighty six horsepower from its DOHC engine. The Spider’s curb weight is also lower (2,180 pounds compared to the Brit’s 2,338 pounds).

This has a much faded 1990’s San Francisco residential parking permitfor Area C. It’s a high-class area Nob Hill Neighborhoodwhere this car seems a bit too proletarian.

These cars tend to spend decades sitting in driveways or yards, waiting repair that may never come. Finally, reality comes and they make that last rickshaw ride to a place like this.

Motorcycles in the great European tradition.

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