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Fiat Other Lusso 1981 (37,984 miles) for sale

Trim:Spider Convertible 2-Door
Engine:2.0L 1995CC l4 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated
Drive type:RWD
Interior color:Tan
Vehicle Title:Clear
Item location:Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Description of Fiat California Spider with Lusso package only 38K original mi July delivery

Attention Spider Enthusiasts!Do not confuse this listing with any other spider on Ebay.This is a Spring 2017 delivery, yet to be fully completed,from the acclaimed Roadster Salon.

Five speed manual transmission on this chassis. Rack and pinion steering. Optional Electronic power assist can be added. Ask your sales consultant for details.

Final color exterior and interior combination can still be selected!

This lovely Spider is fully sorted, and the restoration work is warantied.

Please note that this is a limited production Lusso S2 model, which features optional luxury equipment, fuel injection, and the look of vintage spiders from the late 1960's Fiat Spider models.

Fewer than twenty of these special cars are built each year, and all come with a commerative signed plate. Bumpers are cosmetic and do not meet contemporary 5 mph standards.

Car pictured is recent completion to same specifications. VIN number ZFAAS00B3B8184295 for proposed car. California ultra low mile chassis.

We have a second rust free chassis in automatic-- available for this project if a manual transmission is not preferred.

This proposed Spider will be built to a Lusso S2 standard, which includes premium paint and advanced mechanical work that is optional on lesser models.

The 'Lusso' S2 Edition Features Include:Premium cloth canvas top replaces standard vinylStainless steel European front and rear bumpers with custom mounts15" Spider Europa alloy wheel imported from Germany with high performance low profile tiresChrome package which includes dual vintage mirrors, revised front grille and fasciaUpgraded Avanti leather interior packageUpgraded interior trimDual chrome tipped Ansa exhaust systemNardi Italian wood steering wheel, shift knob and trimLusso lowering kit with custom revised suspensionCustom rack and pinion steering. Electronic power assist optionalcustom structural chassis bracingmuch more--see our website for a complete list


FiatCalifornia Spider Lusso S2 $ 59,995.00

California chassis premium $ N/C

total list $ 59,995.00

Potential Upgrades

Custom electronic power steering $4,495.00

Ultimo custom A/C and vent system $3,995.00


Our full cosmetic and mechanical restoration process is currently being undertaken, and the end result will be simply stunning. Detailed information about what this process entails can be found on our web site, and partially itemized below.

The leather upgrade package features premium leather seats and head rests, leather door panels, pulls, accents, and leather rear wings. In keeping with the original theme, choice of vintage premium German loop carpet or Wilton wool is included. The signature Grigio Ferro Metallic Ferrari exterior color, with Saddle Ferrari leather is a stunning combination reminicent of classic Ferrari convertible models from the 1960's. Other color options can be screened on our web site.

Cosmetic Impressions

Every Roadster Salon car is completely disassembled prior to paint. Body lines are taught, and new metal is used to repair any imperfections. Media blasting is standard practice on Avanzato, Lusso, and Ultimo level spiders. All are carefully blocked and sanded to a show quality finish, then wet sanded and buffed before being re-assembled. The color combination is ideal for warm climates.

We can't say enough about the leather interior upgrade. All key surfaces were covered by hand with premum leather--cut from the same premium hyde. No color match issues. Workmanship is to a Ferrari/Masterati standard. Bellissimo. Car has an optional leather rear seat available which can be added for an upcharge. Standard rear seat is vinyl. Hand sewn leather dash and center console have been added as an option.

Mechanical and Driving Impressions

It is a joy to drive a fully sorted classic Italian convertible. Panel fitment is better than when the car came out of the factory. Engine, transmission and suspension are crisp and tight follwing a complete Avanzato rebuild. A custom made contemporary air conditoning system with redesigned heat and ventillation is an available option. Rack and pinion steering is a revelation, as are the chassis upgrades.

Note All Avanzato level carshave the engine and transmission-out full rebuild, optional on lesser projects.

Our goal is not to build a $150K trailer queen, but rather a car that can be casually enjoyed whenever the passion arises. In that regard, our stirring recreations exceed all reasonable expectations. 10/10.


Roadster salon carefully hand crafts about 30 cars per year, exclusively detailed to the specifications of each customer.There recently has been a huge upswing in the classic car market for vintage spiders.

However, It is important to note that restored automobiles in general should be built for the love and enjoyment of their owners. They are not hugely profitable endeavors--for the builder or reseller. To value a Roadster Salon Spider along side a used Fiat--or measure by a "car guide" is to miss the point of the car entirely.

Considering the quality, workmanship, and warranty, Roadster Salon Spiders are one of the great values in the market today.

What are the features of a Spider Basso?

Firstly, our Spider restorations typically fall into three categories.Basso, Avanzato and Ultimo (basic/ advanced/Ultimate)Roadster Salon carefully selects candidates for restoration that arealreadyin good overall condition, and meet our critical standards. Cars that have been severely neglected or have rust issues are set aside for parts use only. Spider Basso models are re-painted in their original color, due to the cost of a proper color change.

All Roadster Salon cars are fully disassembled before paint. Interiors are refurbished, including new upholstery, carpets, door panels and console. A new convertible top is professionally installed.

Please see our web site for a complete list of mechanical items addressed in Basso models. Wear items like tires, brakes, and shocks are always replaced. Other key items inspected and repaired/replaced are fuel system, cooling system, suspension, transmission, timing belt, and engine gaskets and seals. Engine compartments are tidy, but not detailed to Avanzato standards. The Avanzato model has many additional features standard that are optional on the Basso mode. The Avanzato starts at $39,990.

Here is a Basso feature summary :

Exterior Cosmetics

Fully disassembled prior to paint

all trim removed, including front and rear bumpersdoors, hood and deck lid removedcar stripped and painted in original colorchrome retouched if necessarysanded and blockedpaint then re-assemblywet sanded/buffed

Interior Cosmetics

Interior removed and fully refurbished including all original leather and vinylRemaining surfaces sanitized with anti-bacterial scrubNew carpets, dash, console, door panels, visors, shift bootNew convertible topRe-foam seatsAdditional floor and door sound insulation addedNew Alpine stereo/cd/mp3

Mechanical Fuel delivery

refurbish fuel system including gas tank, fuel filter, fuel pump, fuel linesclean / refurbish fuel injection system


timing beltmass air flow sensor, 02 sensorrefurbish / replace radiatorthermostattune enginerepair/replace leaking seals/gasketsadjust valves if necessaryinspect wiring harness and ignition componentsrefurbish alternator, starterclutch and transmission refresh


inspect and refurbish front end suspension/steering components such as ball joints, tie rod ends, bushings, upper and lower control arm assemblyreplace brake componentsinspect/replace springs/shock absorbersreplace worn/dry rotted or flat spotted tires

Safety check

on road itemsseat beltswipershead lights/brake lights/turn signalspower windowsmisc electrical200 mile road test on completion/shake down period prior to delivery

The 'Lusso' Edition Upgrade Features Include:

Premium cloth canvas top replaces standard vinylStainless steel European front and rear bumpers with custom mounts15" Spider Europa alloy wheel imported from Germany with high performance low profile tiresChrome package which includes dual vintage mirrors, revised front grille and fasciaUpgraded premium leather seatsUpgraded interior trimDual chrome tipped Ansa exhaust systemNardi wood steering wheel, shift knobEuropean lowering kit with custom revised suspensionCustom embroidered plush Pininfarina floor matsChrome surrounds for gaugesUpgraded sound systemUnique "Lusso" badgesEmbroidered Lusso leather satchel for records

The Spider Avanzato is an advanced level restoration that includes all elements of the Spider Basso plus the following upgrades. Note the package pricing is approximately a 15% savings versus items priced individually. Typical lead times are 4-6 weeks longer than a Spider Basso due to the added detail and preparation.

The Avanzato Package IncludesVeloce removal of drive train with complete rebuild of engineForte transmission rebuildReplacement of all critical suspension componentsRefurbish all chromeSeal and gasket packageFull electrical inspection, rebuildPremium exterior paint with advanced preparation and finish work. This includes media blasting to bare metal prior to paint application, and multi-stage wet sanding and buffing.Color change optional at no additional chargeFull Avanti leather seat application including seat backs and head rests with upgraded material and German loop carpetingCloth top standard

About Roadster Salon

Since 1999, Roadster Salon has been the Premier restorer of Fiat / Pininfarina spiders in the US. Typically, our cars are built to order from our selection of donor inventory. Each car is lovingly restored by artisan craftsmen to the highest practical standard, faithful to the original example. All mechanical work completed by certified Ferrari mechanics. Customers may select options to tailor their car to specific tastes.

Further details about Roadster Salon Classic Convertible Recreations can be reviewed on our web site. The build process generally takes 12-16 weeks, and there is currently a waiting list. Consequently, nearly all our cars are built to order, and only a scant few are available for sale each year to the general public that were not pre-ordered.

Roadster Salon currently maintains the largest selection of Fiat and Pininfarina chassis' ready for restoration in the North America (and possibly the World). Please contact us about your interest in a project more custom tailored to your specific needs.

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