1981 Fiat 2000 Spider Convertible
Carrozzeria Pininfarina, an Italian car body design firm, put
pencil to paper, and created the original Spider design in 1966. As
the car and design evolved, a 2.0 liter engine made its way into
the 1980 model year, and was marketed as the Spider 2000. A small
but nimble sports car was meant to compete with the likes of
Triumph, and MG, and this is evident in the look of the car, being
an amalgamation between the 3 car companies.
This 1981 Fiat Spider 2000, showing up is rated a solid 3 (on a
scale of 1-5). There is some minor rust bubbling thru in spots
however there are no known mechanical problems, and exterior paint
presents well. Interior presents in good condition and shows little
wear. The engine is clean, runs well, and overall, the car is a
nice 1980s sports car that could be a daily driver.
Tan paint adorns the exterior surfaces. There are some slight
faults about, but overall presents very nicely, with a good
retained shine. All exterior chrome and lighting are in good
condition, as well as the tan convertible top, which is very simple
to put up and down. It also sports a clear plastic rear window.
Pininfarina was a master at utilizing lines that contradicted
themselves to create interest. In the back of the car, is a study
in that design concept. An angled in trunkline with the angled out
taillights is an excellent example of this theory in practice. Seen
on the back bumper on the lower portion is some invasive rust
working the bottom of both sides of this bumper.
Interior features tan leather bucket seats, gold pile carpeting, a
black vinyl dash framing a walnut veneer dashboard. Seats are of
medium height and show slight sag in the vinyl particularly on the
seats portion, just from everyday wear. There is also a small 2
plus 2 rear seat with virtually no legroom, and it appears in a tan
shade of leather. Anodized aluminum black rings surround all
instruments, and a tan vinyl and wood applique center console
houses various climate controls, as well as a handbrake and manual
shift lever. Blaupunkt supplies the AM/FM/Cassette stereo and is
mounted seamlessly into the dash. Tan carpeting with gold mats
floods the floors and remains clean.
A Lampredi I4 fuel injected aluminum head with cast iron block
powers this sports car and produces approximately 77 HP. 5 speeds
for the manual transmission allows the driver to experience the
melodious tune of the exhaust as they go through the gears, that is
quintessential Fiat 4-cylinder. 3.90 gears for the rear axle setup,
and all is corrosion free and looking excellent under the hood.
Slight surface rust on the rockers but otherwise plenty of patina
and black unibody construction which is structurally solid.
Independent coil springs for the front suspension, and a 4 link
with coil springs for the back. Disc brakes are all around. A new
stock style exhaust is also noted underneath.
This 1981 Spider 2000 is literally a consignment that can be driven
out of the showroom and enjoyed immediately and we did! Handling,
performance, and the wind in your hair, will give you the
satisfaction you are in an Italian sports car, and loving it.
Smooth on the power, good solid braking on the panic stopping, and
a snappy handler of a sports car I'd say from my experience.
With its Pininfarina lines, and overall good condition, this is a
neat little car to have some fun with. It looks great, runs even
greater, and is comfortable to sit in and drive. Meticulously cared
for and loved by its second owner who purchased the car in 1983 and
has had a love affair with ever since. Care to cut in now?!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.