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Coachwork by Fiat Vetture Speciali
This charming little Fiat Spider truly embodies the spirit of carefree 1950s Italian motoring. Its jaunty design is generally attributed to Fiat’s design director,Fabio Luigi Rapi, who also penned the unforgettable Otto Vu coupe that bears his name. The TV shared its well-engineered underpinnings with the venerable 1200 Coupe and Sedan but the Trasformabile accounts for less than 2,350 of the nearly 400,000 cars built on the 1200 platform. Equipped with roll-up windows and a sturdy canvas top, this Spider was built to brave the elements, and unique, swivel-mounted seats help with ingress and egress.
Believed to have been delivered new to California, this Fiat 1200 TV spider most likely remained in the same ownership for approximately 30 years. Its third owner exhibited the TV at the 2005 Concorso Italiano, where it earned an award in the preservation class. Beginning in late 2005, the fourth owner commissioned a highly detailed restoration, which is documented in an accompanying leather-bound folder.
Upon acquisition in 2010, the current owner treated the Spider to further mechanical refurbishment and throughout his ownership has enjoyed the car on numerous weekend outings. These open Fiats are full of character and are a delightful blend of transatlantic styling, extravagant details, and a responsive, fun-to-drive chassis.