One year after the launch of the original FIAT 850 in 1964, FIAT brought out Coupé and Spider variants.
The 850 Spider featured body work designed and built by Bertone.
The design appears to have been inspired by the 1963 Bertone Concept Vehicle the Corvair Testudo.
Among the features unique to the Spider was it’s instrument panel and it shared sports seats and steering wheel with the Coupé.
The 850 Spiders motor was uprated from 34hp to 49hp and unlike it’s siblings it rotated counter clockwise to give a top speed of 90 mph.
In 1968 a revised spider received a 902 cc / 55 cui motor which produced 52 hp. The 1972 model seen here at Auto Italia Brooklands was made the year before 850 Spider production ceased in 1973 by which time Bertone was engaged in the production of the FIAT X1/9 which would later become a Bertone badged product.
Thanks for joining me on this “Counter Clockwise Spider” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow for a tribute to the late great AJ Watson. Don’t forget to come back now !