After a mere one hundred topless yards one sunny North Carolina day in March 1973, a new 124 Sport Spider seduced me and took me home. A year later, when the X1/9 debuted, I knew I would have one. I drove the first one that came to Raleigh and was duly flabbergasted. But I had to wait until 1982 for one of my own. So for a few years, both Fiat sports cars had become my great friends, and they helped me live la dolce vita in the southern US. When I see them for sale online now, I'm still tempted. They still make me swoon. Che belle macchine!
I've owned one FIAT before (a 124 Spider back when I was in law school- 39 years ago!), but despite having also owned an Alfa Spider (a law school graduation gift from my parents) and four Ferraris, I never considered buying another until the Abarth became available in the US.
It seems that three of my friends who also spend a lot of their time at the racetrack with their Ferraris decided, independently, to order Abarths as their new daily-drivers, so I guess I too succumbed to peer pressure. I ordered a 2013 in grigio with rosso mirrors/stripes- as you can see from the attached photo, it very nearly matches my Ferrari Challenge car.
I've only had the Abarth for a few days, but I think it's going to make a fun daily car when I'm not flogging the Ferrari around the track!Vonnie Webb
My first new car is a 2012 FIAT 500c at age 53. I love my car!Share it with us!