The Fiat 850 Spider was the open top companion to the Fiat 850 Sport Coupe and was launched in 1965 at the Geneva Motorshow. While the Sport Coupe was styled by Boano, the 850 Spider was penned by Bertone. The elegant lines were matched to a rear mounted water cooled 843cc engine which produced 52BHP. Power was sent to the rear wheels through a four speed transmission and thanks to its independent suspension, the 850 was a light and nimble car to drive. Bertone’s design focused heavily on keeping the lines of the 850 clean and simple.
Early models featured slim chrome bumpers without over riders. The headlights were covered by plexiglass which allowed them to follow the flow of the wings. And the convertible top was stowed under a covered flap, again keeping everything neat and tidy. The Fiat 850 Spider proved popular in the US, combining elegant good looks with nimble handling and excellent economy. The Spider was eventually replaced by the Fiat x1/9 in 1972 which combined the coupe and convertible into one package.