Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.
Last week we asked you to Fix It Again, Tony. Fiat, Italy’s largest automotive concern, is once again attempting to make a go of the U.S. market. What we were more interested in however, what has survived from their previous endeavors. You showed that there’s not a lot that have made the grade, but we still have a winner, and a story, right after we get to this week’s business.
It’s the fall, and that means sending the kids back to school. Go on, get out of here, you little scalawags! With those little time-wasters being somebody else’s problem for the day people can once again get work done. If you’re going to get work done you’re going to need a pickup truck, and if you want to look classy it’ll need to be a classic truck. That’s what we want this week, classic pickups, from patina’d work rigs to pristine restorations, we’ll take ’em all.
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Got that? Good, now, let’s look at a RUNNING Fiat (you know, before it’s too late).
As I had noted last week, Fiat’s earlier official attempt at the U.S. market ended in 1983. They’re back now with some interesting cars, but finding examples from the olden days is getting harder and harder. In fact, only one example of a 131 Brava was found, this blue four-door in Ontario Canada, and its discoverer, Feds_II also had a story to share about Fiats in the family.
My dad is an Italian immigrant. As such, we had Fiats. One of my earliest memories is sitting in the back of our Dodge van looking out the back window at one of my Dad’s friends as my Dad tow-strapped a parts-Fiat home. Being less than 5 at the time, I estimate that we tow-strapped that car approximately 1,500 miles. The only other memory I have of those Fiats is that they were always broken. The other Fiat in our family was a Spider. Not a 124 Spider, mind, but an 850. It took me a long time to understand this, because by the time I was old enough to ask questions (Some time between 1983 and 1985) it was literally a nondescript pile of white metal. Legend has it that my dad raised the front wheels off the ground for some reason and the car literally split in half. He moved the two halves out beside the horse barn where they melted into something resembling a giant marshmallow dropped in a camp fire.
Way to go Feds_II, thanks for cautionary tale and the Brava. Oh, and Brava to the rest of you for all the other interesting Fiat contributions.