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    Fiat500USA- 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe



    Just thought I'd share my latest car purchase - a 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe. I've always wanted a sport coupe but was figuring the odds of finding one 40 years after they were made was pretty slim. Besides, we have 5 cars and bringing another one in would probably not go over too well with the wife. Still, I looked at eBay and Craigslist every so often, usually around 2AM when I'm done working on the sites. To my surprise I found a car on Craigslist that looked interesting and was within a day's driving.



    Casually mentioning it to my wife, she made the offhand comment (mistake?) of saying "if you like it, get it". I moved on and forget about the car - somewhat...

    Cruising the internet a few weeks later and I see the car is still there and it gets me thinking. The comment 'if you like it, get it' also starts being replayed in my brain. I call one of the members of the Fiat Club America in the area to ask if they knew of the car. Well, he tells me he knows of the car and not only that, he had just driven the car a few weeks before and tried to buy it! The car was that good and that was enough for me!

    On the road in a 45 year old car for a 175 mile trip home! She never missed a beat..


    A few emails, calls and 15 hours of driving later I'm the proud owner of a car I've always wanted. The internet is a great thing for dreams...


    Stopping by Stew Leonard's in Danbury for a little shopping along the way.


    I'll be giving the car some TLC and freshening it up up and hope to enjoy some car shows and country drives with the family this spring. As many of you know, I've owned a bunch of older Fiats and worked at Fiat repair shop in my youth, so this is sort of me revisiting my roots of when I became a Fiat fan. With that in mind, I'll have some updates and posts in the future with articles on how to do maintenance and repairs on the car for owners on a new website. It should be helpful for those wanting to keep a classic Fiat on the road. Stay tuned!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post


    Just thought I'd share my latest car purchase - a 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe. I've always wanted a sport coupe but was figuring the odds of finding one 40 years after they were made was pretty slim. Besides, we have 5 cars and bringing another one in would probably not go over too well with the wife. Still, I looked at eBay and Craigslist every so often, usually around 2AM when I'm done working on the sites. To my surprise I found a car on Craigslist that looked interesting and was within a day's driving.



    Casually mentioning it to my wife, she made the offhand comment (mistake?) of saying "if you like it, get it". I moved on and forget about the car - somewhat...

    Cruising the internet a few weeks later and I see the car is still there and it gets me thinking. The comment 'if you like it, get it' also starts being replayed in my brain. I call one of the members of the Fiat Club America in the area to ask if they knew of the car. Well, he tells me he knows of the car and not only that, he had just driven the car a few weeks before and tried to buy it! The car was that good and that was enough for me!

    On the road in a 45 year old car for a 175 mile trip home! She never missed a beat..


    A few emails, calls and 15 hours of driving later I'm the proud owner of a car I've always wanted. The internet is a great thing for dreams...


    Stopping by Stew Leonard's in Danbury for a little shopping along the way.


    I'll be giving the car some TLC and freshening it up up and hope to enjoy some car shows and country drives with the family this spring. As many of you know, I've owned a bunch of older Fiats and worked at Fiat repair shop in my youth, so this is sort of me revisiting my roots of when I became a Fiat fan. With that in mind, I'll have some updates and posts in the future with articles on how to do maintenance and repairs on the car for owners on a new website. It should be helpful for those wanting to keep a classic Fiat on the road. Stay tuned!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Southernroadrunner View Post
    Looks like a very nice car congrats
    Thanks Ron!
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    I'm in total awe, Chris. Such a great find and it couldn't have found a better home ! Another classic on the board too, Excellent.

    So curiosity is now piqued. What's the scoop on this new website?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFiat View Post
    I'm in total awe, Chris. Such a great find and it couldn't have found a better home ! Another classic on the board too, Excellent.

    So curiosity is now piqued. What's the scoop on this new website?

    Thanks Jim! I still can't believe I found one this close to home.

    The new site will have maintenance tips and tutorials on how to keep these cars running. I've had many Fiats and they have all been reliable. There are a lot of things I've learned over the years that I want to share to take the mystery out of the cars and help people enjoy their cars and not worry about them.

    Things like step-by-step changing the timing belt, brakes, clutch cable, front end repairs and electrical repairs, etc. Pretty much everything you need to do to maintain your classic Fiat.









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    What a wonderful looking car! I greatly admire people who keep these classics in such good shape and on the road so that the rest of us can enjoy them as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    Thanks Jim! I still can't believe I found one this close to home.

    The new site will have maintenance tips and tutorials on how to keep these cars running. I've had many Fiats and they have all been reliable. There are a lot of things I've learned over the years that I want to share to take the mystery out of the cars and help people enjoy their cars and not worry about them.

    Things like step-by-step changing the timing belt, brakes, clutch cable, front end repairs and electrical repairs, etc. Pretty much everything you need to do to maintain your classic Fiat.
    What a great idea. Definitely looking forward to reading the posts. Lots I still need to learn. Several of my friends have recently learned the joys of owning and driving the old Fiats. Guess who gets to help maintain them ! Among the newer additions to our local Fiat family are a Fiat Dino Spider and a splendid little Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye. How cool is that? From time to time my driveway wears a very big smile.
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    A gorgeous car! The thing that strikes me is that Italian "style" never seems to go out of style- who ever penned the original lines did a masterful job ... both the 124 Sport Coupe and the original 124 Spider still turn heads four plus decades later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    The new site will have maintenance tips and tutorials on how to keep these cars running. I've had many Fiats and they have all been reliable. There are a lot of things I've learned over the years that I want to share to take the mystery out of the cars and help people enjoy their cars and not worry about them.

    Things like step-by-step changing the timing belt, brakes, clutch cable, front end repairs and electrical repairs, etc. Pretty much everything you need to do to maintain your classic Fiat.
    That sounds awesome. So you will be an Italian specific Edd China! =]

    Congrats on the 124, it looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustbucket View Post
    A gorgeous car! The thing that strikes me is that Italian "style" never seems to go out of style- who ever penned the original lines did a masterful job ... both the 124 Sport Coupe and the original 124 Spider still turn heads four plus decades later.
    Right on and so very true.



    The cool thing about old Fiats is they are filled with history that an average person can afford. The designers and engineers are legendary. Most of us cannot attain a Ferrari 250 GT designed by Felice Mario Boano, but a person of modest means could own a Fiat 124 Sport Coupe penned by him when he and his son, Gian Paolo, ran Fiat Centro Stile. Same for the 124 Spider by Pininfarina's Tom Tjaarda, and the X1/9 by Bertone's Marcello Gandini. As we know, there are many other.

    Same for engines. Not many of us will experience a Ferrari V12 designed by Aurelio Lampredi, but we can enjoy the Fiat Twin Cam engine he designed when he ran Fiat's engine department. There is a connection, and owning these now old cars and loving them is a way to give tribute to these legends in the automotive world. They should not be forgotten and should be celebrated for what they created.

    Anyone who is new to the Fiat world, should Google these names and you'll see why there are Fiat enthusiasts all over the world. There is a lot to be proud of.

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