1978 Fiat 2000 Spider




I have been hearing nothing but horror stories about this specific car for more than 15 years. Click and Clack (from NPR’s popular radio show, Car Talk) used to own this car. Well, specifically, Tom Magliozzi used to own this car and on the air, his brother Ray used to make fun of him for keeping it alive. As an adolescent, my father and I would listen to Ray and Tom riff on and on about how bad the Fiat was doing and about how much of a time/money suck the car was. It was also my introduction to the now infamous phrase, ‘Fix It Again Tony’.

Fast Forward to 2007 and a coworker of mine goes on some tangent about his Fiat and how craptastic it is and how it’s falling apart, and how much it is a pain in the ass. He then went on to explain that he had purchased the car from Tom and that it was fun to drive when it was working and a pain in the ass when it wasn’t. I told him he had me at “i bought Tom’s Fiat”.

The Fiat roadster two-seat design is not ground breaking nor is it really all that noteworthy. But above all else, it’s extremely classy, just in a slightly generic way. You know, like good table wine. Did I just reference wine? Like a good tasting inexpensive domestic beer. That’s not a bad description.

All you have to do is drive a classic car like the Fiat 2000 Spider and you will know why many auto writers, fan boys, and mechanics have gotten into the automotive business. And who cares what shape your whip is in? It’s all about making sure that it stays out on the road where it belongs. This car isn’t exactly the definition of ‘daily driver’ as it has spent a lot of days and nights in the garage with it’s wheels off. But she has a lot of great stories to tell. And with each fleck in the paint and with each inch of bubbled rust we are reminded that this car has done it’s job. And it has done it’s job right.

Downloadable photos can always be found here: Shiny Side Flickr

About Ian Merritt

Ian D. Merritt is a commercial, editorial, and automotive photographer and journalist living in Chicago.
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2 Responses to 1978 Fiat 2000 Spider

  1. Patrick says:

    Great site and great post, but just to let you know your homepage image hyperlink for this post isnt working.

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