Gorgeous, dramatic, striking, beautiful, superb … I’m out of adjectives to describe Richard Lane’s latest addition to his California family (well, it was before he bought the Giulia SS and the Ferrari) . This Bertone-bodied Fiat Dino coupe has the same V6 as the Dino Ferrari.
Then there’s this old timer. While going through family photos, I found a tiny snapshot (2″x2″) that was most likely taken by a Great Uncle in the early 1900’s, at an annual race on the streets of Santa Monica, California. The print itself had nothing to identify the car, so I took to the web. Amazingly, I found Guy Prentice, who identified both the car and the driver. Click here to read the full account.
These fine Fiats make us yearn for sunny days
Lee Putman’s 1983 Fiat Spider is a treat to the eye. He writes: “I’ve been changing little things here and there since I bought it in June of 2007, trying for a more ‘vintage’ look.”
Lee Putman’s Spider now has early-style vent windows that actually open, bullet style side mirrors on the front fenders, a dash-mounted interior mirror, a steering wheel from a ’79 Alfa Spider, a tapered stained shift knob from an earlier Spider, custom headlight eyebrows, silver blue 100th anniversary Fiat badges, and early style stainless steel windshield wiper arms.
Lee Putman and his Spider Non Originale.
Lee Putman’s Fiat on the right. Lee is founder and president of Chicagoland Fiat-Lancia Unlimited: Chicagoland Fiat-Lancia. (http://www.chicagolandflu.com/).
Mike Bouse is active in the Michigan Chapter of Fiat-Lancia Unlimited.
Here’s the lovely Spider of Mike Bouse.
The inviting interior of Mike Bouse’s Spider.
Sharp looking Spider of Mike Bouse looks ready for cruisin’.
This is the 1974 Fiat 124 of Mike Louviere, who lives in Iowa. He writes: “I have proudly owned ( I mean spent tons of money on..) this car since 1986.”
Jacob Haagerup, who lives in Denmark, sent a “teaser” of his 1975 Fiat 500 R that he says is largely original. “I did some restoration work on that car since it was rather banged up from growing up in Firenze and it now looks nice but not perfect, which happens to be how I like my old cars…” Alfisti will note Jacob’s 1600 GT Jr. in the background.
Dave Nicholson works on his project Fiat. He has a 1961 Fiat Cabriolet 1500S and a 1979 Fiat Spider. He says the latter will: “Soon to be wearing old school bumpers; painted a GM orange; and sporting Misterbeasti leather seats, dizzy-less ignition, IAP header, custom Ferrari dashboard, homemade fiberglass console, Roosevelt wheels, rear sway bar, Euro-spec Weber 36 ADL carb, etc.”
Dave Nicholson’s Fiat is getting a full body makeover.
This is Michigan resident Tony Miracle’s gorgeous Fiat.
Tony Miracle’s 1980 Spider has a 1968 interior. The bumpers have been removed and custom turn signals installed. He’s also added a hand crafted a aluminum-turned dash.
A view under the hood of Tony Miracle’s 1980 Spider.
Here’s another look at Tony Miracle’s 1980 Fiat. It’s a beauty … but not originale. Oh my!
Chris and Mayuko Saul, from Oakland, California, have four Fiats, including this fine 124 Sport Coupe.
Carbs growing out the back of Chris Saul’s Fiat.
Chris Saul, owner of this car, has an excellent Fiat blog at http://scratchybottom.blogspot.com .
An in-progress shot of one of Chris Saul’s projects.
Daniel Vitesse, from Uruguay, is a retired engineer. He’s got some really interesting restoration projects to keep him busy, including this Fiat Topolino.
Uruguayan Daniel Vitesse owns this Fiat 1100 TV Coupe, which we mistakenly labeled a Siata. Keep us honest guys, please!
This the “much modified” 1971 Fiat 850 Berlina of Oregonian Trent Liles. Modified? I’ll say. Trent’s car has Panasport wheels, a bigger 903cc motor with 12 psi of boost from an intercooled turbo once found on a Volvo S80.
Besides its turbo, Trent Liles’ car has throttle body and injector from a Yamaha Raptor quad, fuel pump from a Suzuki motorcycle, Megasquirt to control injection and ignition, a Ford EDIS disributorless system, wideband oxygen sensor, suspension mods, and 4-piston calipers from a Suzuki GSX-r sport bike. Half motorcycle, half car, it looks like 100% fun!
Roger Harmon sent us this of him with the Fiat 500 he used to own. Either Roger is really tall or … okay, we know the answer. It’s the car.
Here’s another of Roger with the Fiat 500.
We don’t usually use photos of non Italians, but Roger Harmon is temporarily out of them, substituting this interesting 1954 Hudson Hornet, instead, and the truck in the next photo.
Roger’s truck is a 1931 Ford with a 1932 carb, so at least it is non originale, if not Italian.
Mark Ost writes that his Abarth is “a canvas to be painted on as my artistic tastes dictate.” That’s the spirit!
Mark Ost and his Fiat Abarth make their home in Virginia.
SNO logos on Mark’s late model Abarth add a very fine finishing touch, don’t you think?
Tom & Cathy Nyren’s exceptional Fiat, which has been seen at Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California.
They Nyrens Fiat, looking ready for its next car show.