New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

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New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

Postby v6spider » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:08 pm

I've driven by several new spider owners and not one of them recognizes or acknowledges the classic 124 Spider. I doubt the even know what it is..At any rate, I find it quite humorous.. maybe mine is too modified. Lol 8)

Rob

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Re: New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

Postby johndemar » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:16 am

Guess it's because we know our cars and assume others would as well, at least those driving the same marque.

When FIAT first returned to the states I drove my spider to the dealer and didn't receive a single comment, and my car looks pretty good for being 40+ years old.

I've only noticed a couple of new spiders on the road out here, so I question how well they're selling.
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Amadio Motor, Jeannette, PA

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Re: New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

Postby spidernut » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:23 pm

We got lots of attention at the Fiat dealership when we brought our car club to the unveiling of the new 124!
John G.
1979 Spider (Owned since 2000)
1971 124 Sport Spider (Owned since 2017)
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1979 Spider (Sold 2015)
1980 Spider (Sadly sold in 2013)
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Re: New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

Postby v6spider » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:42 pm

I tell ya... people think my car is a sunbeam tiger because of the v6 that sounds like a v8 and has a big cam in it. If i received a dollar for every time someone asked me that I'd be rich! :mrgreen:

Cheers!
Rob

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Re: New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

Postby jandarah » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:33 pm

Here in Australia, FCA Australia don't advertise the new Spider anywhere, so it seems. They don't seem to give a damn and are more interested in the Chrysler and Jeeps etc. As far as new owners recognizing the old Spiders, most would not be aware of its existence. They never sold RHD versions, so the only ones here, like mine, were privately imported and converted. They are a pretty rare beast out here.

John
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Then horse float towing vehicles up to present.
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Re: New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

Postby Jimb » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:49 pm

jandarah wrote:Here in Australia, FCA Australia don't advertise the new Spider anywhere, so it seems. They don't seem to give a damn and are more interested in the Chrysler and Jeeps etc. As far as new owners recognizing the old Spiders, most would not be aware of its existence. They never sold RHD versions, so the only ones here, like mine, were privately imported and converted. They are a pretty rare beast out here.

John


But can you not just drive them without having to convert? I ask that because I saw another Volumex for sale in New Zealand a couple of years ago and it was still left hand drive.

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Re: New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

Postby Shadoobie » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:59 am

In my personal experience I have found that most new Spider owners are quite aware of the old here in Alabama. I get a swarm at the dealers and the only time I've ever seen a new spider at a car show, the guy immediately jumped out of his car and ran over to look at mine lol. In fact, I find that most people who are aware of the old Spiders didn't even know they came back!

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Re: New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

Postby RRoller123 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:21 am

Just saw the first new one I have seen on the road today in Plymouth MA!
'80 FI Spider 2000 (rolling "resto")
'74 X1/9 (many years ago)
'79 X1/9 (fewer years ago)
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Re: New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

Postby RKSutterMN » Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:57 pm

I have seen exactly one new Spider on the road, a blue one in downtown Minneapolis. I pulled up and told the couple that I liked their Spider and that I had a blue '78 at home. The guy driving seemed surprised that there was such a thing as a 1978 Spider, raised his eyebrows and said "There were Fiat Spiders back then?" and I confirmed that, yes, there were. He smiled and then said, "Well, I love the new one, this thing is great!" and drove off. I figure if he's enjoying the new car, what's the harm? Still, the real Spider looks SO much better...
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Re: New Spider owners oblivious to the original 124 Spider.

Postby baltobernie » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:58 pm

In the first nine months of 2017, FCA sold a whopping 3675 new Spiders in the USA. MX-5 Miata sales were 9717 units.


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