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’68-’72 Fiat 850 Sport Spider

June 17, 2009 Quick Looks 2 Comments
527  670x527 dsc00355 ’68 ’72 Fiat 850 Sport Spider At first glace I was not sure what it is; could have been anything, an obscure Frenchman or Briton living on an empty lot in Long Island. Admittedly, even upon closer look I still did not know what it was until I saw the badges.

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Every once in a while I see a rare and/or unique car on the street and I am immediately intrigued by it. This is the first in a series of such vehicles that I will feature on CarGuyDad.com. I will try to get all the background information on such cars, but if I am stumped, please feel free to comment on it.

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With Fiat returning to the U.S. shores very soon, this is a good idea to look at the Fiats of the past. Quick research shows that this Fiat 850 Spider Sport is from the 1968-1972 era. This Spider features a more powerful52-horsepower, SOHC 903cc engine, 8-valve engine than its 1965-’67 49-horsepower predecessor (hence it’s the “sport” version). Yes, it was still extremely slow.

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64% of the Spider’s 1620lbs resides over the rear wheels, behind which the water-cooled engine is positioned. To allow easier access to the engine, the whole rear valence comes off after a removal of six bolts… and that’s a good thing too, as the Fiats of that era had an appetite for head gaskets and cooling system components.

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This 850 appears to have been restored and repainted, with its bumpers off, probably being chromed. The interior was complete and in mint-looking condition. A screw driver a pair of pliers appeared to have a permanent hope in the center console, and probably with good reasons.

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Kevin says:

    I’m sorry guys, you have it wrong! The 903cc in the 1972 850 Sport Spider was not an overhead cam.

  2. Kamil Kaluski says:

    Apologies, admittedly I know very little about this car and all the info came from online research.
    Overhead valve perhaps?

    -K

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