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Long-Term Owner: 1984 Pininfarina Azzurra Spider

Electing to part with a classic that you have owned for many years can be a tough decision, but it is one that has been made by the owner of this 1984 Pininfarina Azzurra Spider. It presents impressively for its age, and its fizzy little four-cylinder engine should provide a satisfying driving experience. The Spider has been meticulously maintained but will undergo one final inspection before the seller hands the keys to its new owner. This classic appears to be located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and you will find it listed for sale here on eBay. Intense bidding has pushed the price to $11,050, although it’s yet to hit the reserve.

I may be the odd one out here, but I tend not to be a fan of cars wearing Black paint. It is a matter of personal taste, but I believe there are better shades that owners could choose. However, that’s what we find gracing the panels of this Pininfarina, and it is one that the seller seems to like. They describe the combination of Black paint and Tan interior trim as the best color combination offered, and I respect their opinion on that point. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no disputing that this Italian classic presents well. The paint shines impressively, with no significant flaws or problems. The panels are straight, but the vital question with these cars revolves around the topic of rust. The seller indicates that the Spider has been garage-kept throughout its life with them, which is a promising start. There is nothing visible in the supplied photos, although their quality isn’t excellent. Anyone genuinely considering making a play for this Spider may be wise to contact the seller to see if they can negotiate an in-person inspection. My instincts tell me there are no problems, but it is worth the effort to remove any uncertainty. The trim shines as nicely as the paint, while the immaculate alloy wheels offer a striking contrast that prevents this classic from looking somber.

Powering the Spider is a beautiful little Fiat 1,995cc four-cylinder engine that should produce 102hp. With a five-speed manual transmission feeding the power to the rear wheels, this classic should cover the ¼ mile in 17.4 seconds. That figure doesn’t sound dazzling, but it only tells part of the story with this Italian sports car. While maximum power delivery occurs at 5,500rpm, the torque peaks at a mere 2,500rpm. That makes them remarkably tractable and able to hold their own in the cut-and-thrust of commuter traffic. The seller indicates that the Pininfarina has been appropriately maintained by a Fiat specialist throughout their ownership. It runs and drives exceptionally well, and the seller will subject the car to a final inspection by the specialist before handing the vehicle to its next owner. They want them to be able to enjoy the motoring experience immediately and feel that this represents the best way to ensure that this is the case. That is a reassuring approach that we rarely see in the current market.

Apart from rust issues, the other recognized weakness with the Spider is the fragility of interior trim components. Plastic can prove brittle and is susceptible to UV damage. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case here. The leather seat upholstery carries the wrinkles that are a characteristic of this type of material with a few years under its belt. It looks soft and inviting, with no signs of wear or physical damage. The same is true of the remaining upholstered surfaces, while the dash and faux woodgrain look perfect. The seller installed a Jensen radio/cassette player, but I can’t spot any other aftermarket additions.

If I had one wish, it would be that the owner of this 1984 Pininfarina Azzurra Spider had provided some better photos. As most readers will know, rust can be the greatest enemy of these little classics, and a seller can do themselves a disservice by providing low-quality shots. However, that hasn’t deterred potential buyers, with forty bids on the book at the time of writing. I won’t be surprised if the bidding soars past $15,000 before the hammer falls. Considering the intensity of the bidding to this point, that figure could climb north of $20,000 if the car is as clean and mechanically healthy as the seller suggests. If you have been searching for an Italian classic, this classic’s ownership and maintenance history make it worth serious consideration.


  1. princeofprussia

    These Spyders are beautifully styled sportscars. Like you, Adam, I’m not a fan of black cars overall, but even in black, this car is beautiful! The tan gut provides a nice contrast to make it “pop” visually. I’ve always thought that the styling was up there with the MGA’s and MGB’s. I’m surprised they weren’t more popular in the U.S., but then I think the damage had already been done to America’s opinion of Italian cars by early FIAT’s build quality and track record. Really a shame. Maybe some day before I die, I’ll treat myself to one of these, or an 850 Spyder.

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  2. chrlsful

    fiat 124 spyder ’66/85?
    Find some twisties, keep the needle above 5K & enjoy~

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  3. Howie

    $12,250 now, with reserve still not met, why is the seller showing the cig. lighter?

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    • John Prill Member

      Howie: showing that lighter has never been used, the business end of it is like new. Presumably, car has never been smoked in. Quite a beautiful low-mileage Fiat, love the styling, but not in the market for it and gunshy about buying a Fiat.

      howie: showing that it has never been used.

      in other words, car has not been

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      • Howie

        Thanks John, as i thought about it later that is what i also thought.

  4. bobH Member

    I think he’s trying to show that the lighter has never been used.
    I’m a past owner of 124’s and 2000’s of the 78-80 era. Fun at the time, but this one does not inspire me to try and re-live those good times. Is it lousy pictures, or is the leading edge of the hood all dented? I wish both the seller and buyer well.

    • t-bone bob

      The front of the hood is in perfect condition. No dents

  5. DonC

    My 1982 Fiat 2000 was originally black. I did a full restore and changed to Ferrari Rosa Corsa. Sold her in 2015, after 30 years of memories, to a guy in Australia for $10,000. This car is a beauty for sure, but the owner is hopefully reasonable about the reserve.

  6. bobH Member

    Wow… 16.1, and reserve not met. Whatever the reserve, wonder what the owner is thinking.

  7. DonC

    $17,600 and ad says “ended” not “sold”. Owner wasn’t serious or is delusional.

    • Howie

      DonC, it has been relisted.

  8. t-bone bob

    Ended: Jun 01, 2022 , 7:18PM
    Current bid:US $18,400.00 [ 31 bids ]
    Reserve not met

    • Howie

      That ended June 1st.

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