Friday, March 7, 2014

Coffee Break: Find A Cool Spider For $5k-$15k

The feature confusingly known as Unicorn Hunters has been inexplicably renamed to Coffee Break.  Welcome to the first edition of Coffee Break, which is to say, the next edition of Unicorn Hunters...anyway, what is in a name? The concept for today's feature came to me while I was doing some research on Russian bombers and I glanced at die-cast model car that lives next to my monitor.  Find us a cool spider for $5-15k..bonus points for cars that came from the factory with a hardtop.

The British made 1:43 scale die-cast Corgi Toys model of a Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato was a gift from a good friend and it sits on the desk that I use to pen the words on this website.  I often pick it up and use it for inspiration when writing -- the cool-to-the-touch metal helps to remind me to keep my cool when responding to commenting trolls and the scarred paint reminds me that everything doesn't need to be perfect to be worthwhile.

As I reached to flip open the side hinged hood and examine the rather nicely detailed V4 engine bay complete with twin side draft carbs, I was almost bitten by a small house spider.  Then it hit me.  Has anyone ever built a Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato Spider?  The answer is yes, there are pictures of one floating around the web as well as a Fulvia Spider built to race the Targa Florio and Monte Carlo Rally that recently hit auction for some unknown six figure price.

Now...find us the best Spiders between $5k and $15k on the interweb....and if you are an arachnophobe, please accept my apologies. Comment below or email here:


  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamMarch 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    bonus points and all (plus these are so rare they should fit the old unicorn category too)

    3000GT Spyder

    1. Somebody commutes from Lincoln to Omaha in one of these every day, when it is nice out.

  2. Beautiful dark blue restored TR6 - just posted to SF CL - hardtop? not bloody likely

  3. I really like that TR6.

    1984 Alfa Spider:

    1980 Fiat Spider (with at least one very visible rusty wheel well):

  4. Here's a chrome bumper Fiat 124 Spider. You don't see many of the chrome bumper ones as opposed to the more prevalent post 1974 rubber baby buggy bumper ones:

  5. Hey, I have that same 1/43 scale Corgi Toys Lancia. Still in the original box, but alas no spider, so you are one up on me.

    By the way, here is my submission for a spider. It is based on a Citroen 2CV, and is a replica of a race car that held the world speed record in 1953, for the under 350cc class (yeah, no kidding, the FIA had special class for under 350cc back then!). The price converts to something be close to your upper limit.

    1. Ooops, I just noticed the instrustion on how to post a link. Here is that Citroen 2CV again:

      description of your link

    2. Well, I guess I didn't real ALL of the instructions. How do you draw the "embarrassed" smiley?

      Cool 2CV Spyder

  6. 63 Corvair turbo -

    65 Corvair Monza -

    Lincoln LS -
    and the poor man's "farrari", the MR2 -

  7. Here's my NE offering. A Beige Turbo 81 Fiat Spider. Kind of an unusual color combo, but I like it. Nice, but not $8000 nice. Especially with 121K on the clock. If something goes wrong you can always go to a Fiat dealer, where a certified Fiat mechanic can tell you to pound sand.

  8. Low miles 1990 Buick Reatta
    <a href="> American spider</a>


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