Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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Fiat 124 Sport Spider

There are many golden age cars that didn’t get the credit that they deserved when they were around. 

One of those vehicles was the Fiat 124 Sport Spider. Yes, the car wasn’t particularly fast, and yes, it was marketed as an economy sedan in a world full of Italian sports cars, though through two decades, the Sport Spider evolved into a truly enjoyable vehicle that only found true love once it hit the chopping block.

A Look Back at the Fiat 124 Sport Spider

The Fiat 124 Sport Spider was designed at the Pininfarina factory back in the early 1960s before officially hitting the market in 1966. It was one of the few coupes that Fiat decided to develop and manufacture in-house. 

Technology Fiat 124 Sport Spider

The Fiat 124 Sport Spider was only in production up until 1985. It utilized a four-cylinder double overhead cam engine, which was the first DOHC to use reinforced rubber timing belts, a wonderful innovation that would eventually become a universal part of car manufacturing. The suspension used a coil-over damper and unequal length wishbones.

A Timeline of the Fiat 124 Sport Spider (1968-1985)

The Sport Spider was originally built on a basic 124 chassis with higher spring rates, a complete disc brake system, and wider tracks and wheels. The car started out with a 1.5L 124 engine that put out 96 horsepower, though they had to change the displacement throughout the early 1970s due to brand new United States smog standards. 

The 124 Rally was introduced in 1972 as a rally homologation, which used reinforced front suspension, independent rear suspension, and a non-convertible top. By 1977, the air horns were completely eliminated, as people were moving to dual-tone electric horns. The oil pressure gauge was also removed.

In 1979, Fiat changed the name of the 124 Spider to the Spider 2000. This change came with a larger engine, a revised exterior, and automatic transmission. The last cars rolled off of the assembly line by 1985. 

The Fiat 124 Sport Spider In the News

In recent news, Bjorn Nyland, the Norwegian electric vehicle YouTuber, just recently got to try out an interesting product: an electrified 1980 Fiat Sport Spider!

Celebrity Endorsements of the Fiat 124 Sport Spider

As a bit of an obscure vehicle, we have been unable to locate any celebrity owners of the Fiat 124 Sport Spider. 

Best Fiat 124 Sport Spider Groups

While we have been unable to locate any special groups or clubs that are centered around the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, Fiat owners and enthusiasts can head on over to Fiat Club America to meet other Fiat lovers in their area.

The Fiat 124 Sport Spider – A Quiet Conqueror

Over 50 years ago, the Fiat 124 Sport Spider came to the United States market and helped Fiat to gain traction. We feel that a lot of the lost success of the car had to do with the fact that it was completely strangled due to U.S. emissions standards, though better to live in a clean world than a world full of supercharged Sport Spiders, right?

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