1981 Fiat Spider 2000 Convertible Red/Tan Very Fun Fiat Well Serviced
I am pleased to offer this 1981 Fiat Spider 2000. Mileage shows 63,3XX miles and is believed to be accurate and VIN # is ZFAAS00B5B8186081.
This 1981 Fiat Spider 2000 is one of 4,747 produced for 1981 and has been with the seller for four years and 4,500 miles. The 2.0L DOHC inline-four has had its turbo removed and is paired with a 5-speed manual. The car last passed a California smog inspection in April 2015, and services completed in 2016-2017 include an inspection of the electrical system and lighting, new parking brake cables and adjustment, new battery and trickle charger cable and change of all fluids.
A repaint was completed at an unknown date, and the seller notes minor bubbling near the front of both doors and at the edge of both rear wheel aches as shown in the picture section. Exterior lighting is described as working, the glass has no cracks or delamination, and window seals show no cracking or missing pieces according to the seller. 14″ Cromodora CD-134 alloys were original equipment for this limited production Fiat Turbo. Westlake SP06 tires are mounted all around. Brightwork has been replaced by the seller, who notes rear quarter windows frames show some corrosion.
Front seats were reupholstered by a prior owner, and the seller has had the rear seat dyed. Sun visors, door panels, center console, and the ash tray are all replacement items. Tan carpets are said to show no stains or excessive wear, and front foot wells have black Pininfarina logo mats.
All gauges and dash indicator lights are said to be working as intended. The turbo boost gauge has been removed, with its original position now occupied by a functioning clock. The dash top shows some warping where it meets the front glass, and the seller notes the top is showing its age on the inside and could use new weather stripping.
The 1995cc DOHC inline-four was believed to be one of about 700 US-delivery Spiders turbo-equipped by Legend Industries (cannot prove 100% however). Although boost was limited to just 6 psi, many turbo units failed, as was the case here. The seller notes the turbo and associated parts are no longer with the car. With Bosch fuel injection and non-turbo set-up, power delivery would have been 82 hp when new. Receipts for repair and maintenance work from 2014-17 total $8,600, including a new starter in 2015. Service performed in February 2014 included:
- Head machined
- Turbo removed
- Fuel injectors rebuilt, new fuel filter
- New distributor advance unit/springs, vacuum lines, EFI temp sensor
- New auxiliary air valve, brake booster, front pulley seal
- New motor mounts
- Front brake service
- New master cylinder, reservoir, hoses, front/rear stainless brake lines
- New radiator, thermostat, coolant hoses, clamps, coolant – no overheating issues
- New exhaust, heat shield
The current owner is working on getting the car smogged in California. He has not yet succeeded and therefore it is being offered without a smog cert. in California. Any California buyer will have the responsibility of getting the car smogged without any guarantees from the seller. Buyers from other states, please look at your states requirements for emissions. There are no guarantees or warranties.
The Carfax notes a total loss reported June 1997 in Michigan, although the current California title carries no indication of salvage or other branded status. Back in 1997 when this car had very little value, any fender bender would have likely resulted in a total loss from the insurance company. As these cars gained value over the years, people realized that car with fender benders can be rebuilt and the titles re-certified.
This Fiat is being offered with service records covering the seller’s ownership and a clean California title. Also shown are Michigan, Ontario, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California ownership, a stop at Symbolic Motor Car Company in La Jolla, CA in 2012, and a gap in early vehicle history.
About 700 turbocharged cars were factory authorized conversions by Legend Industries. These are quite entertaining and usually bring a significant price premium over standard Spiders. All of the 1995 cc cars (known as Spider 2000s) are quite well appointed and sport one of the best designed manual convertible tops ever. Some came with leather and all feature a real wood instrument panel and handsome Veglia gauges.
– A great top down Fiat
– Low mileage and well serviced
– Tons of Italian bang for your buck
– Red/tan – ’nuff said
I have not personally inspected this vehicle. I am relying on the pictures and descriptions provided by the seller. I can tell based on pictures and conversations with the owner that Fiat is in very nice presentable shape. It has been reliable for the current owner and should offer many miles of fun for the new owner.
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This item is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied unless there is a warranty in effect from the factory. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected this item, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer’s request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the item.
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