Test Drive: FIAT’s 124 Spider Abarth

This car boasts Japanese precision and Italian soul

by Justin Kaehler FIAT’s 124 Spider traces its history back to 1968, when the original Pininfarina-designed roadster of the same name first hit the world stage. This ’68 Spider was everything an Italian automobile should be: a stripped-down, purpose-built machine wrapped in a gorgeous shell. It was never the fastest thing on the road, but it was a joy to drive. To this day, the …