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Limited edition model heralds reincarnation of Fiat's much-loved roadster

Fiat has announced that it has sold all of the limited-edition 124 Spider Anniversary Edition models, designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the original roadster in Turin in 1966.

124 examples of the Anniversary Edition models were made available to UK buyers, with the first vehicles expected to arrive in showrooms in early September. Fiat UK is also reporting a growing order bank for the standard 124 Spider models.

Priced at £23,295 on-road, the Fiat 124 Spider Anniversary Edition is based on the Lusso Plus specification. It is only available in Passione Red paint with silver windscreen frame and mirrors, and black leather upholstery. It has unique badging both inside and out to identify it from a regular 124 Spider.

Based on the critically-acclaimed new Mazda MX-5 and built in the same Japanese factory, the Fiat 124 Spider diverges mechanically from its Mazda cousin with its own engine and revised suspension settings. Powered by Fiat’s 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo petrol engine, it delivers 140hp and 240Nm of torque and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62mph in 7.5 seconds.

The 124 Spider has yet to be crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the when put through its paces last year. Crucially, it lost points for the absence of any autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system, which may have otherwise resulted in a five-star result. Given that the Fiat is structurally almost identical to the Mazda and will also not offer AEB, a similar result is likely.

Prices for the Fiat 124 Spider will start at £19,545 on-road when it goes on sale in September. An Abarth performance model will accompany the Fiat versions, boasting a power output of 170hp and a range of other upgrades.

There are no particular finance offers being promoted for the 124 Spider range, with Fiat quoting APRs of 6.7% to 7.5% on example PCP quotations.

Stuart Masson
Stuart Masson
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Executivecondominium, and . Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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