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So Fiat Owns Chrysler I checked their website for a cool little spyder lawman msg:3930708 7:26 pm on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0) Back in the 70s I remember my father having a red Fiat Spyder. That was a cool car. I don't remember it being particularly fast but it looked great and was really fun to drive. You could put the top down with one hand.
Couldn't find anything like it on their website. As a matter of fact, I couldn't find a single car on there that appealed to me. What happened since the 70s?
Conard msg:3930769 8:37 pm on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)
I had a Spyder in the 70's and loved it. Yes, it could get up and go. I got a ticket cruising the QEW in Canada at 140+.
Problem was, in a couple of years in upstate NY it started to rust badly compared to US built cars.
I'd like to have another for summer driving:)
swa66 msg:3930774 8:40 pm on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)
Models change. Within the Fiat group (which contains other brand, more later), Fiat seems to focus on cars where a spider doesn't fit in anymore I guess.
Fiat's most appealing car right now is the Fiat 500 (a retro named and somewhat styled model, just like the mini by BMW or the new beatle by Volkswagen is).
They have an Abrath version of it, which lacks the usual sheer madness of Abrath versions and is rumored to be a very nice ride. (Never touched one myself)
Within the fiat group there is currently one affordable spider I know of:
Alfa Romeo Spider. But it's an alfa ... when any compromise needs to be made design always wins.
Of course Ferrari are also part of the Fiat group, but let's assume they are a bit over the top for recreating that memory of a cheap little sporty convertible..
PCInk msg:3930776 8:42 pm on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)
Fiat own Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa ... all are shoddy cars really, but you wouldn't say no!
Ferrari are £150k-ish, Maser are £80k-ish, Alfa are £30k-ish, Fiat are below that!
edited by: PCInk at 8:43 pm (utc) on June 10, 2009] tangor msg:3930927 2:44 am on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)
The writing is in the wall... don't we already have a history of Chrysler and overseas partners? Perhaps might change since ownership has been assumed rather than partnership... but somehow I doubt that.