It is one of the most important brands of the moment and that is thanks to its sophisticated designs that have not left indifferent from the beginning. Suitable for any time of the year, there is no doubt that Fiat has adapted to the new times. The Italian brand has specialized especially in convertible models, which was already a fact with the launch of the Fiat 3 1/2 that had a hardtop.
With the outbreak of the Second World War they stopped producing this type of model, but years later they had them recovered. The success of convertible cars in the 50s would lead FIAT to develop its own proposal, signed by Luigi Rapi. In 1955 they presented the Fiat 1100 TV Transformabile, which was an attractive model of roadster style that had two seats with an engine of 56 hp, which was not enough for its performance.
Negotiations with Pininfarina and engine manufacturer OSCA, related to Maserati, resulted in the FIAT Pininfarina Cabriolet, which was marketed between 1956 and 1966 in coupe and cabrio versions of two doors and with a mechanics of 1,200 cm3 that developed 80 hp to move to an engine of 1600 cm3 of 90 hp.
FIAT placed in its range more affordable alternatives, such as the FIAT 850 Spider, orn coquettish two-seater car, aerodynamic, with Bertone design and an engine of 843 cm3 and 49 hp and, above all, the FIAT 124 Sport Spider, which remained in the FIAT catalog between 1961 and 1981, going on to be marketed by Pininfarina until 1985. Designed by Tom Tjaarda, architect of some of the most desired sports cars of the late twentieth century, it came to have a version to compete in rallies.
Being true to its essence, the Fiat Barchetta was presented in 1995 based on the chassis of a Punto, it has a 1.7 engine of 129 hp allowed to reach 100 km / h in 8.9 seconds. After a restyling in 2003 in which he adopted a more modern front, Bertone was in charge of paying tribute to him in 2007 with the concept-car Barchetta by Bertone.