1950s / 1960s / 1970s / American / Fiat / Italian / Oldsmobile

Rust in peace: Fiat 850 Spider

We photographed this early 1970s Fiat 850 Spider in a large open-air junkyard a couple of weeks ago. The car is worth a couple of photos because 850 Spiders are few and far between, but the fact that it’s parked next to a 1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 Fiesta makes it considerably more photogenic.


The 850 is displaying an almost camouflage-like combination of the original shade of green, an older beige respray and scattered rust spots. It is fairly complete and not wrecked, indicating that it was likely junked following a mechanical issue.

It’s always interesting to speculate what the original owner would think if he saw his old pride and joy slowly dying in a field. In this case, it’s perfectly plausible the person would experience déjà vu as the 4,100-pound (1,850 kilos) Oldsmobile and the 1,600-pound (725 kilos) Fiat could have shared the same driveway. It’s not hard to imagine a picture-perfect 1970s family with a starter home in a well-to-do neighborhood, a station wagon to ferry kids around and a small, affordable European sports car for the husband to commute in.

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