- Fiat Barchetta '95

A journey. Fiat Barchetta.

A journey through Italy's little gem from the nineties

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Italy has produced a lot of desirable classics and future classics over the years. And many of them are out of reach for the average person. But sometimes there is a window, a small chance of holding on to something special and enjoying the ride while you can. And for the budget oriented buyer that something is the Fiat Barchetta.

Italian roadster

Two exotic words which combined make a powerful combination, the Barchetta certainly comes from a great family tree and it will let you know. All around the car there are retro touches of Fiat´s from the past, the "standard"alloy rims are designed to replicate the rims of the Fiat Dino. The integrated mudflaps also spark a feeling of nostalgia, combined with the two pontoons up front and you've got yourself a design which it's ancestors would be proud to call their heir.

The fabulous Fiat Dino Spider

The fabulous Fiat Dino Spider

The roadster part has always been more difficult to explain and convince, your case for it always hangs on a very fragile rope until someone cuts it through by saying "It's not rear wheel drive"(falling sound). Well you'll be suprised how many rear wheel drive roadsters in its day have only seen the 4 (or 5 after the facelift) taillights of the Barchetta. It handles beautifully and pretty much 98% of the time you wouldn't even notice that it's front wheel drive. Combine that with a 131 hp 1.8 liter engine and you've got yourself quite the small speedster. And if that doesn't convince you, LOOK WEIRD DOORHANDLES!

Simple but elegant

Simple but elegant

Practical

Since this is a 1995 designed car, there are a couple of practical options that could be selected instead of say..., safety. For example you could decide that your passenger really didn't need to have a giant safety balloon in the dashboard. Instead, why not go for some convenience and weight saving and instead opt for the optional glove box, you'd be surprised how much you could actually fit in there. Then there's the armrest, another handy little storage space which just like the glove box could be locked with a key. In said armrest you will find the cigarette lighter, cause why would you put something flammable and hot in a simple to reach spot. For today's user on the other hand, it creates a very convenient and lockable charging point for your phone.

In terms of boot space there's also not much to complain about. Yes you do have to decide if you want the wind deflector to come with or some extra luggage space, but even with the deflector there's still enough room for a weekend getaway.

Wipers are an optional extra

Wipers are an optional extra

Value

That's the best part, it has none, well not in the traditional sense. For now it is possible to buy a small piece of Italian charm for around 1000 to 2500 euro's, with mint examples going for 3-4000. That's bargain bin money in terms of a desirable car and it's only going to go up in the future, so investment wise you should be safe as well. Parts are still reasonably well in stock and most importantly dirt cheap.

With nineties design coming back in the last couple of years and Italian cars dripping with style and the ´gimme gimme´ factor. I wouldn't bet against the Barchetta of becoming a desirable classic in the future, my advice, buy one while you still can.

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Comments (19)

  • I really like the barchetta - it’s not as good as the mx5 but better than the cappuccino!

      9 months ago
  • With few exceptions, today's 2-door roadsters aren't so compact and well-proportioned anymore. I'd still like to have a Z3. Brutish hoodline with the cabin all the way back and a short rear. Love that.

      9 months ago
    • Totally agree, the Z3 always looked more like a small Z8 then a Z4 for some reason. I would say though that the MX5 hasn't looked this good in years.

        9 months ago
    • Even the Z3 Coupe with that weird shooting brake roof is oddly appealing. Z4 was too long, same as the current MX5/Fiat Spider.

        9 months ago
  • I love them all but actually would love the barchetta on oddness alone. MX-5 is perfection in many ways but there are 24 to a dozen. Benz and Beemers are owned by any man over 55. The MG-F is reasonably oddball where I live but you do see them. The Barchetta however! I don’t think I’ve seen any, or if I have only a handful in 25 years. That it’s supposed to be one of the better fwd sports cars ever doesn’t hurt.

    Yes I like somewhat odd and oddball cars. 😁

      9 months ago
    • It never was the sales hit that Fiat would've wanted. But like you said, that does make it kind of rare these days, in the UK especially. To my knowledge they were sold by Fiat in the UK with left hand drive only. Although some were converted to...

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        9 months ago
  • It is funny how the Alfa GTV Spiders go for double the money even with the much worse Twin Spark engines. Although as far as I'm concerned the 1.8 Fiat engines are prone to a lot of failures too, it would be awesome to be able to easily replace them with the 1.4 T-Jet engines or a modern 1.0 turbo unit.

      9 months ago
    • Where there's a will (and money,time and knowledge..) there's a way.

      But the gtv's are indeed a lot more expensive, but it's still a very appealing car.

        9 months ago
    • What a looker!

      Have had a JTS 2,0l and never an issue, smoothest ride 😀

        9 months ago
  • I’ll pass on a Barchetta. To me it isn’t really a looker. To me it’s only slightly better looking than that hideous Fiat Coupe.

      9 months ago
    • Everybody has a right on their own opinion, yours is just wrong ;). But I'm curious, what would be your pick of the 5?

        9 months ago
    • The MX-5. They are still cheap, reliable (something that doesn’t come to mind with Italian vehicles to me), and the aftermarket support is huge as well as it can fit a variety of different engines under the hood.

        9 months ago

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