As the successor to the 1100, Fiat’s 1200 series debuted in November 1957 at the Turin Motor Show. The two-model 1200 series was available in Granluce sedan and open Cabriolet or Spider form, with a Turismo Veloce (fast touring) sedan available as well. In particular, the Spider featured sensuous bodywork, with its design largely influenced by Fabio Luigi Rapi, Fiat’s design director.
A restyled convertible appeared for 1959 with a sleek new Pininfarina-designed body, with styling quite similar to that of Ferrari’s contemporary 250 GT PF coupes, especially with the optional hardtop installed. Roll-up windows and swiveling seats remained standard, while the new split mesh-patterned grille incorporated angled sides, recalling the prior Rapi-designed Spiders of 1957 and 1958. Alternatively known as either the 1200 Cabriolet or the 1200 Spider, these handsome automobiles were built by Fiat’s Vetture Speciali (special cars) unit.
Priced from $2,595 when new, the 1200 Spider was quite comparable to such contemporary sports cars as the MGA and proved quite popular in the all-important and burgeoning American sports-car marketplace. The 1200 received a power boost for 1960, with the 1,221 cc engine reaching 63 horsepower.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
63 bhp, 1,221 cc inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with transverse A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 92.1".
Source: RM Auctions