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1968 FIAT 124 Spider

In 1968 the Spider was readied for the US market, which required some changes to the original design, a few of which carried over to all markets.  All Spiders acquired a radio console and a lower console sourced from the 124 ‘A’ Coupe.  The hydraulic brake system became dual circuit.  The US market cars had round sidemarkers front and rear, headrests, bumper overriders, a reverse light under the left bumper, and the engine was de-tuned to comply with US emissions regulations.  Another change in late 1968 (1969 model year in the US) altered the rear suspension.  FIAT gave up on the torque tube setup in favor of a simpler system using upper and lower trailing arms.

 

This version of the Spider was still called 124 AS (‘A’ meaning the first version and ‘S’ for Spider), as these changes were minor and were not a new series of the model. 

 

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Fiat 124 Spider Model Chart Type ccm Build Year HP AS	1438	1966-1970	90 BS	1438	1969-1973	90 BS1 	1608 	1969-1972 	100/110  CS 	1592 	1972-1973 	105 CS1 	1756 	1973-1978 	118  CS2 	1995 	1979-1982 	81  CS0 	1995 	1981-1983	105  DS 	1995 	1982-1985 	105  VX	1995	1983-1985	135