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Model: 1200 Vetture Speciali
Body Style: Convertible
Color Exterior: Copper
Color Interior: Beige
Motor Configuration: 1,2 liter
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
The 1962 Fiat VT (“Vetture Speciali”- Special Cars) called the 1200 Spider in export markets has amazing similarities to Ferrari's 250 GT PF Cabriolet of the same. Available at a fraction of the cost, the popularity of the 1200 Spider skyrocketed with sports car enthusiasts.
Powering the 1200 Cabriolet was an overhead-valve 1,221cc four-cylinder engine that sported a 72 x 75mm bore and stroke, 8.25:1 compression and a two-barrel Weber 36DCD downdraft carburetor; in this form, it made 55hp at 5,300 RPM and 60-lbs.ft. of torque at 3,000 RPM, enough to push the 2,030-pound car close to 90 MPH.
The 1200 Cabriolet was replaced in 1963 and by the 1500 Cabriolet; in 1968, the 124 Spider would take up the mantle of Fiat's traditional two-seat convertible.
This two-seater, internally considered Series 143, featured a unit body that was designed and built by the artisans at Pinin Farina; the "Vetture Speciali" (Special Cars) badges on the 1961 example indicate this car's hand-built nature and special brightwork trim. Floor shifter for the four-speed manual, rollup door windows and a folding soft top that disappeared into a devoted well behind the seats for a smooth appearance. The practical and commodious trunk hid the spare tire and tool kit under the door.
With a very Ferrari looking Pininfarina body these Fiat model were certainly memorable little sports cars. Certainly, well preserved, it has nevertheless received a “thorough mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment” to leave it looking pretty much as new. The engine was tuned up and the outside everything has been refinished or reconditioned. Finished in copper over beige interior, it looks stunning.
Certain to increase in value in a fast appreciating European sports-car market, this special Fiat Spider represents a sound financial investment while providing classic Pininfarina styling and Italian panache and performance.
Vehicle is located in Florida. Buyer/Bidder will be responsible for pickup or shipping charges from this location to wherever they are shipping it to.