The well-known US car magazine CAR and DRIVER published the very first Fiat 124 Spider road test, dated August 1968, opening the article with the very poetic text:
A lovely, sensual, responsive Italian lady.
There is no other way of thinking about the Fiat 124 Spider, it's time you knew it. Like women to dream about, the really good Italian cars have always had a mysterious irresistibility and an eagerness to please. Somehow, they seem to exist solely for the pleasure of their drivers.
There are moments of passing poignancy, a gentle soft scent of perfume in the lush evening air of summer and those moments are the Ferraris and the Maseratis and the Lamborghinis.
Be now informed that the delightful Italian automotive personality exists in a modestly priced Fiat.
Where there are moments of tight-jawed hardship with the British cars, all is sweet willingness with Italy's 124.
See the CAR and DRIVER road test pages 1 2 3 4 5 and smile....