A family Affair
It is truly gratifying when family members share our passion for these lovely cars. This 1980 Fiat Spider had only 12,800 original miles when discovered abandoned in a barn on a cold rainy night 20 years ago. Rescued by Director Rob Baird then sold to his father, the car required only minor repairs and a new set of keys to get back on the road. When first discovered, the Spider literally appeared to be black or dark gray. But once the years of dirt and grime were removed, the Spider revealed pristine original Rosso Cherry paint underneath–with zero signs of rust.
Baird Senior reminisced about his purchase. “I remember when my son first told me about the car. I’d passed on others previously, but with just one look I knew this one was something special. As a young man I’d fancied some British convertibles, like Triumphs and Jaguars. But the Fiat really spoke to me. Rob had the car detailed and a minute later, I was in love.”
Over the past two decades–with assistance from the Roadster team, the Spider has been thoroughly sorted. Under the direct supervision of shop foreman Roberto D’Avola, it’s been meticulously maintained. Recent additions include a flawless set of original 14” Cromodora wheels, restored to perfection and freshly powder coated. The Spider also received a cooling system upgrade, brake refresh and a new custom interior. Rob’s father enjoys his stunning Fiat Spider daily during the lovely Chicago Summers. Today the car still has only 28,000 original miles and looks like it just drove off the showroom floor. Pictured above is Rob, his father and some of our Roadster team. Truly a family affair.