Rod Y 1982 Fiat 124 Spider 2dr Convertible

Re-live the days before POW experience in 'Nam

In 1972 I saw and fell in love with a burgandy and tan Fiat 124 Spider convertible 1600cc which I promptly bought for $4004.36.

I gave the dealer $4020.00 in cash and he didn't have change for the twenty, so he gave it back. $4000.00 even!

I put 35,000 miles on that car in seven months of driving, and then I went off to 'Nam.

After I came back, I was a changed man and got rid of my lovely Fiat and bought an old Ford Ranchero. I had so much fun with the Fiat, picked up so many women, traveled all over the country, that I wanted to leave that all in the past and introvert my life so I would be left alone and isolated.

Thirty plus years later I felt better and had adjusted to the real world and realized how much I missed my little convertible. I had many new cars since I had her, but nothing was quite the same.

A few years ago I found this newer, 1982 Fiat Spider 124 2000cc for sale.

It had 67K original miles and she was perfectly all original.

Now my wife and I go to car shows and drive her on nice days. We are enjoying our retirement years and doing it in style, with the top down.

3 Reader Comments

  • 1
    L Kaszuba Lake Zurich, Ill February 14, 2014 at 13:46
    Welcome home, Bro. I too made the trip to beautiful SE Asia in 67-68. I got a "Dear John" letter while over there that my sweet 57 Chevy had been totaled in a hit and run. After raising a family and making it to retirement, I am now the proud owner of a 72 Chevy Nova that does not know how expensive it is. Enjoy your car and thanks for your service.
  • 2
    David Hawaii November 18, 2014 at 02:05
    Welcome Back Rod, to the "world", your life, and your car. We all came back changed. Different, stronger, better. DJ USN 68-74.
  • 3
    Mburchette Winston-Salem, NC April 15, 2015 at 20:23
    First of all, thank you for your service to our country. I bought a 1972 burgundy and tan Fiat 124 Spider in 1995 from a fellow that had bought it from his buddy who was in the armed forces. He kept the car through several wives and finally decided to sell it. I bought it and my husband and I completely restored it. It has won several awards. Wouldn't it be something if it was actually your car?

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