Looking back at the ‘Fiata,’ the Miata’s forgotten Italian twin

Who can resist a Miata with Italian styling? Not me, so I splurged on a rare model for my desk.

Back in 2015, Fiat Chrysler sought to revive the legendary Fiat 124 Sport Spider convertible from the late 1960s. Their formula was foolproof: take a Mazda Miata and add two things every gearhead loves – power and Italian styling.

The result was the stunning Fiat 124 Spyder, a vehicle that offered high-revving Italian romance for $30k – less than a tenth of the price of a Ferrari. Sadly, it did not sell. Critics called it a less-focused Miata that lacked precision and practicality.

But I adore the “Fiata” and pray they try again, perhaps this time leaving well-enough alone under the hood.

– Chris Butsch, Contributor