1981 FIAT 124 Spider

The 1981 FIAT Spider is regarded as one of the best years for FIAT Spiders.  While very similar to the 1980 FIAT Spider 2000, the 1981 2000 Spider had a few small detail improvements.  They all came with the smooth fuel injected engine which improved power, drivability and economy.  The exterior mirror was of a much nicer design than the bulky one on the 1980 FIAT Spider 2000, and nearly all 1981 Spider 2000s came with alloy wheels.  


During the 1980 and 1981 model years FIAT made available a limited edition 50th anniversary model (of Pininfarina).  There were 1000 made, each having its own unique number on a dash plaque, on the side of the car, and on its key chains.  These cars had tan leather seating surfaces, a leather strip on the bottom of the dashboard, plus special metallic beige paint.  The consoles and the armrests were covered in vinyl with French stitching, while the dashboard, steering wheel, shift knob and upper part of the door panels were brown. A unique feature of the Anniversary Spiders were the alloy wheels.  They were the same ‘Iron cross’ design as on other Spiders, but they were 14” in diameter, instead of 13”.  There were a thousand made, but there are unsubstantiated stories that some cars were damaged at the port and junked.  Around this time one could also buy a standard Spider with the leather option, which had identical interiors to the anniversary Spiders, but came in regular exterior colors. 


Click below to see more about the special edition FIAT Spiders that were available in 1981.


FIAT Spider Turbo 2000

FIAT Spider 2000 LE


Click here to see a 1981 FIAT Spider sales brochure


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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