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To be honest I got many more compliments on the 2001 BMW Z3 I sold just before buying the Spider. People think I am driving a Miata now. A little disappointed.
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was stopped at the local car wash and asked to take pictures by my alfa lol i said its a fiat and they said they wanted to but one of these alfa romeo
 

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I get compliments thumbs up and nods regularly here in metro Atlanta, even a few hoots and hollers. I've never seen another 124 here, and had never seen one in person prior to buying my Abarth. I am 6'3" myself and with a large Irish ancestral head. I fit in the car how i thought was perfect (and still do think that) but one day the wife was in the car with me and said "good thing you did all the whitewater kayaking bc you are wearing this car like you wear a kayak" and I was all like "ohhhhhhhhh! YES!!! RIGHT!" Feel almost like putting on my kayak skirt and seeing if it would (somehow) fit the car, lol
Hi, Brian Goodwin is doing some lowered seat rails I think...worth a shout ?
 

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From the first day I picked up my Abarth I have gotten waves, thumbs up and compliments when I have it out. I have even had people come out of stores after I parked, to look at the car. The best one was when my wife and I were at dinner and three older people (two ladies and a man) walked into the restaurant. It wasn't crowed and they kept looking my way. As we left, they were leaving at the same time, one of the women asked me if I was driving "that racing car parked out front". I said I was and she was so excited to meet someone who drove an Abarth. It seems during dinner she had looked up Abarth and was impressed with the car. There are a few in the Albany NY area but not many. As I said it turns heads all the time...love it!
 

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It feels like I have the only one in New Zealand and it gets comments, compliments all the time. Which in the land that hates "tall poppies" is the very highest compliment for me. However my simplest pleasure is when groups of kids react ... It feels authentic and reminds me how I used to admire sports cars when I was younger.
 

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Yep, get it all the time (2017 white Abarth spider loaded). Amazing the guesses. A couple got in the parked car next to me and the wife indicated for me to roll down my window.."I'm not a car buff, but your car is beautiful". Couple from Australia said "It has a great sound". Love it. Even in LA...seldom see another one. Went to a car show of high priced cars and was asked "Why isn't your car out there?"....and Fiat doesn't promote it!
 

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It feels like I have the only one in New Zealand and it gets comments, compliments all the time. Which in the land that hates "tall poppies" is the very highest compliment for me. However my simplest pleasure is when groups of kids react ... It feels authentic and reminds me how I used to admire sports cars when I was younger.
True that. Whenever I drive my Spider by some of the neighborhood kids, they always turn around, stare and point.
 

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Caught up with a black one on the Harbour Bridge, first one I've seen here. Exchanged waves and felt satisfied.

Don't often get to see how you might appear on the road but man, does this car look good or what in the rear three-quarter view!
 

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Pretty rare when anyone says anything to me about my car. A couple times each summer, maybe. Mostly just quiet side glances of "Minnesota Nice". (Google it.) Minnesota is the land of trucks, SUVs, and clapped out rust bucket sedans. Not many convertibles on the road. Even the modern day muscle cars don't have many ragtops, except retired fellas in their convertible Mustangs.

I see many times more Porsche convertibles than Fiat. Easy to say when I can proclaim seeing only 5 or 6 124 Spiders on the road since 2017.

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Not many in Cumbria UK, see a few around..always get asked if I park up somewhere. Get looks on the motorway as well from people. But many just ignore it.

I have still yet to actually follow one or pass one on a motorway, so have no idea how mine even looks on the road lol.

Still feels good driving it 3 years on (!!)
 

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John Phillip Souza... is it just me or does every flatbill doucherocket in a fart-canned Toyubarion GTRZ86 or Mitsuwagen EVTi feel the need to rev at you before they perform full drag launches away from every stop sign or traffic light?

Or come screaming up behind you at 90+mph in order to slam the binders on and cut some poor innocent person off to get into the next lane so they can weave back and forth next to your passenger door, jerking their head up the road like a Burmese Bird Of Paradise doing the spring mating dance?

I mean, I'm a car enthusiast too, and I like to sing the song of our people as much as the next guy, but for frick-frackin' sake, NOT in the middle of town, you halfwit grade-schoolers! 😤
 

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John Phillip Souza... is it just me or does every flatbill doucherocket in a fart-canned Toyubarion GTRZ86 or Mitsuwagen EVTi feel the need to rev at you before they perform full drag launches away from every stop sign or traffic light?

Or come screaming up behind you at 90+mph in order to slam the binders on and cut some poor innocent person off to get into the next lane so they can weave back and forth next to your passenger door, jerking their head up the road like a Burmese Bird Of Paradise doing the spring mating dance?

I mean, I'm a car enthusiast too, and I like to sing the song of our people as much as the next guy, but for frick-frackin' sake, NOT in the middle of town, you halfwit grade-schoolers! 😤
Well said Apex, I had a kid in a Subaru pass me on the right, at speed, in the breakdown lane, just yesterday. This happened on a main road in a congested area. I suspect he spent the rest of the day bragging to all his Subi Bros that his car is sooo fast, he blew the doors off a Ferrari. Idiot!

This kind of thing has happened to me quite a few times. It's usually a rusty crap box with a fake hood scoop and a fart can exhaust. I even had a rusted out old pickup truck try to get me to race him once. It seems like the enthusiast kids driving newer cars that they care about are a bit smarter and don't pull that stupid crap.
 

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true dat apex i had some arsehole in a honda civic tailgate me and cute me off on the expressway of all places. then he flips me the bird. take into account i drive slow to medium on the highway in the mornings with traffic
 

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The short answer is yes. A good example being the day after I picked the car up, I was at my local car parts store to get some touch up paint when another customer came in and asked who owned the red sports car outside. After fessing up that it was mine, he asked "what is it" and then burst into a eulogy about its looks and proportions and how much better looking it was than an MX5 (Miata) after I explained that its a joint effort with Mazda, built by Mazda sharing many components.

Although I've meant to reply to this post for sometime it was an incident today that provoked me to get on with it. Driving home from work today I had the roof down as the sun was shining at 18c ( pretty warm for Derbyshire NW England in March ) when a black Lamborghini Gallardo Spider (roof up) drove past in slow moving traffic and guest what - I caught the driver checking out my humble 124. Priceless!
 

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The short answer is yes. A good example being the day after I picked the car up, I was at my local car parts store to get some touch up paint when another customer came in and asked who owned the red sports car outside. After fessing up that it was mine, he asked "what is it" and then burst into a eulogy about its looks and proportions and how much better looking it was than an MX5 (Miata) after I explained that its a joint effort with Mazda, built by Mazda sharing many components.

Although I've meant to reply to this post for sometime it was an incident today that provoked me to get on with it. Driving home from work today I had the roof down as the sun was shining at 18c ( pretty warm for Derbyshire NW England in March ) when a black Lamborghini Gallardo Spider (roof up) drove past in slow moving traffic and guest what - I caught the driver checking out my humble 124. Priceless!
In Calgary, during the summer months,we have a "cars and coffee" evening each week in which the majority of the vehicles allowed in the display area are Lambos, Ferrraris, along with some Masseratis, Porches, etc. And, I'm allowed to park in the show area as well, and it's surprising how much interest it gets, even when surrounded by it's wealthier Italian cousins. It's a fun little car, and it just plain looks nice. Curves. Nice curves... :)
 
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