A journey. Fiat Barchetta.
A journey through Italy's little gem from the nineties
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.
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 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
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
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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