Fiat 124 Spider, MWL 951S

Make Model Year Reg Colour Bought for Sold for Bought Sold
FIAT 124 SPIDER 1978 MWL 951S RED /BLACK £3500, from Carrington collection, Princes Risboro Got £7000 agreed value due to write off. 13th June 1991 18th October 1993, the day of accident.

United States car (California) and. generally very rust free. Original colour was Maroon but it had been sprayed in Metallic Blue. Not bad interior and hood, although the rear window needed replacing. Good tyres on slot mag alloy rims. Decided to respray the whole car in the Abarth rally colours.

Took the car down to bare metal and re positioned the fuel filler and covered in the marker lamps all round. Also removed the bumpers and let the original indicators into the front panel after fabricating some brackets.

Resprayed the whole interior and hood with Vinylcote which came out very well. Lowered the whole car by removing one coil from each spring and also fitted new shock absorbers to the front. Had some ongoing trouble with the gearbox which had to be changed 3 times before I was just about satisfied. Full bare metal respray and Abarth spec engine on twin Weber 40 IDF’s.

Featured in ‘Your Classic’ magazine in May 1992. Won a couple of other awards with it. Went to Germany with it and thrashed around the Nordschlief for a couple of laps in the wet (dodgy!) Coming back from having two new tyres, an 82 yr old lady pulled out of a side turning and I punted her in to the car park of the local pub – evidently all the customers leaped over the bar as they though she was coming to join them! Great car, shame it got written off – but did get the full agreed value for it – especially good as I was trying to sell it for £5500 at the time!