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.
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