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Classic Motorsports 1969 124 Spider

Post by fp55scca » Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:50 pm

--Does anyone remember the 1969 Fiat 124 Spider featured in this September 2003 issue of Classic Motorsports?

--The article was pretty exciting news at the time, because the restored '69 Fiat Spider was ranked 1st place overall in a head-to-head comparison with a Sunbeam Alpine, an Alfa Romeo Duetto, an MGB, a Triumph TR4A, and a Datsun 1600 Roadster.

--At the time of the comparison in 2003, the article says that this '69 Fiat Spider had just been freshly restored by Joe Lakatos, Jr., owner of "Joe's Fiat Service" in Redwood, CA. Joe had apparently been working on and repairing Fiats years before the Spider was introduced. The article goes on to say that Don Barker bought this '69 Spider from Joe immediately following the Classic Motorsports comparison test.
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Re: Classic Motorsports 1969 124 Spider

Post by San Jose Steve » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:47 pm

I remember seeing that car in Joe's shop. Wish he was still wrenching on cars...... that guy was great. -Steve
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Re: Classic Motorsports 1969 124 Spider

Post by sams » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:12 pm

I remember seeing it at his shop too, and well as at the show in Alameda after he was finished with it. He said at the time he would have done some things differently (particularly the underhood detailing), as the car turned out even nicer than he thought. I saw it on line for sale a few years ago, and unfortunately it had lost its original black CA plates, as well as a few other details. The guy who bought it from Joe was an ex-Marine and got special armed forces or veteran plates for it.

Joe said this was the last roll bar he had chromed for one of his builds, as it was getting too difficult to find a place with a tank big enough to fit one.
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Re: Classic Motorsports 1969 124 Spider

Post by fp55scca » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:45 pm

--I think I saw this car on BAT, not too long ago, but can't remember for sure.....?

--Well in any case, the car just showed up in Virginia Beach, VA at JJ Davey's shop, in for a tune-up! Looks very much the same as it did in the 2003 Classic Motorsports magazine spread, black CA plates and all. As far as I can tell, the car must have remained garaged over these years, because the 2003 restoration hasn't faded much at all!
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--I've got a couple more shots I can post, but this is truly one of the cleaner '69's I've seen in a long time.
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Re: Classic Motorsports 1969 124 Spider

Post by fp55scca » Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:09 am

--Here's a few more shots of the '69 Spider: I think that would be some of the original Positano Yellow in the engine compartment. Although not pictured, the chrome roll bar is still in place.
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Re: Classic Motorsports 1969 124 Spider

Post by davedecker4 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:43 am

Yes, I remember reading that. Chris told me that engine was pretty built for a 1400 and that could have had a good deal with why it was able run away from the competition. Definitely a good little revver. Went to look at his 68 and he was writing for them so gave us a stack of mags
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Re: Classic Motorsports 1969 124 Spider

Post by bartigue » Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:27 am

The engine bay yellow is not positano yellow but that greenish bright yellow. Positano was more like the exterior color, kind of an orange yellow.
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Re: Classic Motorsports 1969 124 Spider

Post by fp55scca » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:45 pm

bartigue wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:27 am
The engine bay yellow is not positano yellow but that greenish bright yellow. Positano was more like the exterior color, kind of an orange yellow.
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--Brad, I make that mistake a lot.....I think that light yellow '69 color was probably "Colorado" yellow, code 241. Positano yellow was code 208, and almost orange-like. :(

--I'm not really sure where the term Positano yellow originated? The little town of Positano is tiny fishing village (south of Naples), turned extreme tourist resort in the '60's. Maybe some reference to the sunsets there....?
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Re: Classic Motorsports 1969 124 Spider

Post by skpens » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:23 pm

An example of Positano Yellow can be seen here:

https://autoricambi.us/pages/about-us

Scroll down about half way. The color was especially great on 124 Coupes; but I'm biased.

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Re: Classic Motorsports 1969 124 Spider

Post by bartigue » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:00 pm

fp55scca wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:45 pm
bartigue wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:27 am
The engine bay yellow is not positano yellow but that greenish bright yellow. Positano was more like the exterior color, kind of an orange yellow.
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--Brad, I make that mistake a lot.....I think that light yellow '69 color was probably "Colorado" yellow, code 241. Positano yellow was code 208, and almost orange-like. :(

--I'm not really sure where the term Positano yellow originated? The little town of Positano is tiny fishing village (south of Naples), turned extreme tourist resort in the '60's. Maybe some reference to the sunsets there....?
I've been to Positano a few times. Everything is white! Not at all like this:
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