At the turn of the 20th century, Giovanni Agnelli helped found Fabbrica Italiana Automobili di Torino, or Fiat for short. Out of the gate, Fiat was known as a place full of creative and talented engineers that helped push the new company to become the largest automotive manufacturer in Italy just 10 short years later.
That same year, Fiat opened a factory in Poughkeepsie, New York where their vehicles became a sign of distinction amongst owners. Off and running, Fiat spread their unique style of car building worldwide over the ensuing century, with legendary nameplates like Abarth and 500. In the late 1960s, they launched another all-time Fiat favorite with the 124 series.
Initially available as a sedan and coupe, the Spider model premiered in 1966 at the Turin Auto Show. Sharing running gear with its hardtop stablemates, the convertible model sat on a shorter chassis. It was also designed and built by Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina featuring in-house styling by Tom Tjaarda. The Spider was a success with production running all the way to 1985.
Features like four-wheel disc brakes, dual overhead camshafts and radial ply tires made it a hit with the critics. In 1971, the BS1 series landed with a more potent 1608 cc motor and, for North American cars, unique taillights. Considered one of the most desirable 124 Spiders, these BS1 models in original condition are very hard to find in good condition, making today’s example all the more enticing.