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    Vintage Roll Call

    OK, how about let's roll back those tarps and car covers and let the rest of us know about that piece of vintage treasure that you've been hiding away all these years. I'm talking about all those old Fiats, Alfas, Yugos, Ferraris, or any of the other dozens of makes associated with Fiat at some point or other. Coupes, Sedans, roadsters, you name it as long as it's a 1999 or earlier. It doesn't have to be in great condition, hell, it doesn't even have to be all together or running. On the road or stored in a barn in your showroom or under a tarp in the back yard awaiting repair, it's all good.

    Everybody loves to see the old machinery, no matter what condition it's in. So if you have a photo to share, bring it out. If not, the promise of a photo or two when you can get to it will do. I've seen some gorgeous old cars in the background of some of the posted photos on the forum, so I know they're out there. Perhaps it belongs to your Dad or your Sister, we'd still love to see it. I suspect (pretty sure in the northeast at least) that most of them are put away for the winter. You SoCal and South Florida folks are sure lucky in that respect. Consider this a good way to get these wonderful old automobiles some long overdue exposure. Not sure about anyone else, but I think this thread could be a lot of fun.

    Everybody's welcome -- yeah Chris, even the admin -- let's see a pic of that Alfa GTV ! Here's a photo of the 59 Abarth (Syracuse NY) alongside Terry Julian's Fiat 131 from Toronto. Who's next?

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    hmm. Perhaps not such a good idea as I thought, eh?
    I spent most of my money on fast cars, guitars and pretty women. I somehow managed to waste the rest of it.

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    Jim, it's a great idea. I just haven't had time to grab a picture. Need to dig some decent ones up. I've owned a bunch of Fiats, plus a Lancia Scorpion, a Yugo and the GTV6 over the years, but most pics are on film. I do have some terrible shots of my 87 X1/9. LOL I had just pulled it out of storage.




    This is my 1987 Bertone X1/9 I've owned for 23 year. I bought it from the original owner who injured his back and being 6'2", couldn't get into it any longer. The kicker was he had just got done paying it off!

    In the 5 years he had it he only put 26,000 miles on it. It sat a long time and wouldn't start. That, combined with the problems he had getting the car serviced at the Bertone Dealer, (who was a Lincoln/Mercury/Nissan Dealer and pretty hopeless at servicing Italian cars) reluctantly compelled him to get rid of the car. As the market for non running Fiats was not good back then, he was astounded to see someone interested in it. When he found out I was a long time Fiat enthusiast, he felt better about giving the car away!

    I flat bedded it home and, with the help of my friend Tony, fixed a couple of rust spots, put a clutch and timing belt in it (you know the usual Fiat fix it stuff). My wife liked it so that helped as I like to accumulate cars. She and I drove it for about 7 years and finally parked it under a tree in our driveway. That was 1999. In that time we put about 10,000 miles on it.




    There the car sat until 2008 when I decided to do something with it. Originally I was going to try selling it, but after looking at it, I realized it was in pretty good shape. I changed the fuel filter, installed a battery and gave it a shot at starting. Well what do you know, it started right up! It sounded good, too. Really smooth and quiet. Looking the car over and hearing it run I made up my mind it would be a shame to not get it going for at least a little while. I started working on it and got sidetracked over the years doing fiat500usa.com. It's in my garage stripped down and partly in primer without its bumpers. I love looking at its lines and staring at it. Still have hopes that I'll get it going again... maybe this year...
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    Thanks for posting this Chris. Very nice. A gem indeed. Over the past several years interest in the unrestored cars has risen dramatically. Your's is a very nice example as is. Gotta love the lines of the X19. I suspect it's a pleasure just seeing it sitting there and knowing that you can make it come to life whenever the spirit moves. I know I would.

    I'm betting that there are many more classics hiding out on this forum. I hope their owners take a few minutes to share their stories and photos with the community. It's apparent that many of our younger 500 owners have no idea just how much FIAT has contributed to the auto world over the years and how highly regarded the company was. Perhaps hearing about it first hand from owners of these old cars would give everyone a better appreciation for why the present day Fiat 500 is so highly regarded.
    I spent most of my money on fast cars, guitars and pretty women. I somehow managed to waste the rest of it.

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    Here's mine from another thread. It's a 68 Fiat 500 next to my 2000 Saleen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aevansgatech View Post
    '79 which is getting a couple upgrades/fixes this winter!


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    Looks good. Is that your NA Miata next to it?
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    Nice cars!! Cool seeing these cars on the road and being loved. Let's see more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nut Puncher View Post
    Here's mine from another thread. It's a 68 Fiat 500 next to my 2000 Saleen.
    Thanks for the 500 photo. Certainly a car to be proud of !! How long have you owned it? The Mustang is pretty sweet as well.
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