Fiat 124 Spyder-1971

Fiat 124 Spyder-1971

The Fiat 124 entered the market in 1966 as a mid-level sports car. Designed to compete with the MGB, it had superior technical specifications – a dual overhead cam engine and 4-wheel disc brakes.  The 124 stayed in production for 19 years, during which time 200,000 cars were sold, with 75% of them being imported to the U.S.  This car was actually sold by a local Nashville dealership called Madison Smith to one of its mechanics.  After about six months the mechanic decided to sell the car, and it was purchased by Frank Bell.  Mr. Bell and his wife maintained and enjoyed the car for the next 38 years, then in 2010 they generously donated it to the museum.
 
Specifications:
 
Manufacturer:  Fiat
Country of Origin:  Italy
Drivetrain Configuration:  Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine:  1608cc 4 cylinder dual overhead cam, 108 hp
Transmission:  5-speed manual
Top Speed:  106 mph
Years of Production:  1966-1985
Number Produced:  Almost 200,000
Cost:  Approx. $3,300
 

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