1981 Fiat Spider 2000

Fully Restored, Gorgeous Red and Tan!

$22,800

Harry's Thoughts

This is a well restored Fiat 2000 Spider that can be enjoyed immediately, whether as a classic weekend driver or to take on tours and shows. She's fun to drive!

THE ESSENTIALS

This 1981 Fiat 2000 Spider is a rust-free California car that has benefitted from a full restoration that was just completed in the Spring of 2022.  The Fiat 2000 Spider was one of the last evolutions of this sportscar with its body designed and built by Pininfarina.  It also benefits from the larger 2-liter DOHC engine with the efficiency of the Bosch fuel injection.  This is a terrific car for affordable fun.

This Fiat 2000 was purchased new at Massagli Motors in Daly City, CA by John Ray Leland of San Mateo, CA on April 30, 1982.  It remained in Northern California until being acquired by its present owner, Michael O’Connell in Washington.  Mr. O’Connell set out to surprise his wife with the gift of this Fiat after having purchased and restored several cars for himself over the years.  Basically, he felt a little guilty and wanted to give her something in return!  Mr. O’Connell set out on a complete restoration of the Fiat, taking the car down to its bare unibody.  Between his investment and the investment of its prior, 20-year California owner, this Fiat is now fully restored and in very nice condition throughout.

The livery is now finished in its Rosso Cherry (Paint Code 136F) with the upgraded Robbins tan canvas convertible top.  The paint is likely better than originally supplied by Fiat, although there are a few very small imperfections upon close examination.  The Paint has wonderful shine and luster.  We love the correct 13″ Speedline wheels alloy wheels that give it a much more modern look.  Overall, this Spider is in very nice to excellent condition and would be welcomed at any local or regional show.

The interior was completely removed during the restoration.  The floorpans were all checked for rust, but this example being from California had no rust nor any prior accidents.  Everything was stripped and coated and Dynamat installed for insulation from heat and noise.

The interior is two-toned in Saddle Tan and Medium Beige vinyl.  The look is very elegant and works well with the ample wood trim on the dashboard and the Ferrero steering wheel.  The Veglia Borletti instrumentation works well, and the interior overall also looks very good to excellent throughout.

The engine compartment is in show condition due to the thoroughness of the restoration.  The 2-liter engine and 5-speed transmission were rebuilt by the prior owner and the differential and suspension were rebuilt during the restoration.  It is surprisingly tight and free of rattles.  A complete list of items restored is included in the photo gallery.  The Fiat is a delight to drive with its 102 hp and we encourage you to view the test-drive video for this Spider.  The undercarriage is well presented and in excellent condition.

This is one of only 4,747 Fiat 2000 Spiders produced for the global market in 1981.  The NADA Retail value is $36,600 and the Hagerty No. 1 and No. 2 Values are $43,000 and $24,800, respectively.  Included in the sale are restoration photos, documentation, car cover, spares and all the original owner’s manuals and a service manual.

For more details and information, please call, text or email Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or harry@classicpromenade.com.  The Spider is on display in our Phoenix showroom.

1981 Fiat Spider 2000

$22,800

PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER NAME
LOCATION USA
VIEWS 164

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1981 Fiat Spider 2000
1981 Fiat Spider 2000

$22,800

VIN ZFAAS00BXB8181457
BODY STYLE Convertible
FUEL Gasoline
MILES 146,686
GEARBOX 5-Speed
DOORS 2
INT COLOR Tan Vinyl
EXT COLOR Red
YEAR 1981
LOCATION Phoenix, AZ
PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER
VIEWS 164

Fiat 2000 Spider

The Fiat 124 Sport Spider is a convertible sports car marketed by Fiat for model years 1966-1985. Designed by and manufactured at the Italian carrozzeria Pininfarina factory, the monocoque, front-engine, rear drive Sport Spider debuted at the November 1966 Turin Auto Show with styling by Tom Tjaarda. Fiat later marketed the car as the Spider…
The Fiat 124 Sport Spider is a convertible sports car marketed by Fiat for model years 1966-1985. Designed by and manufactured at the Italian carrozzeria Pininfarina factory, the monocoque, front-engine, rear drive Sport Spider debuted at the November 1966 Turin Auto Show with styling by Tom Tjaarda. Fiat later marketed the car as the Spider 2000 (1979-1982). After being retired by FIAT, Pininfarina continued the production of the model under its own brand as Pininfarina Spider Azzurra for the North American market and Pininfarina Spidereuropa for the European market for three more years, from August 1982 until 1985.

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