Used car buying guide: Fiat Barchetta

Used car buying guide: Fiat Barchetta


The Barchetta was launched in 1995, five years after the first MX-5. It proved popular, especially with unofficial importers, who wasted no time in undercutting British Fiat prices. Fiat eventually bounced back when, in 2003, it launched a facelift (redesigned nose, fog lights and leather steering wheel) with a significant price cut. These end-plate versions aren’t much more desirable than luxury, pre-facelift cars, however.

The camshaft timing of the Barchetta’s 1.8-liter engine produced 128 horsepower, enough to propel the 1,060-kilogram roadster from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds. Standard equipment includes a five-speed manual gearbox, power steering, anti-lock brakes and power windows. The hood was a manual case that could absorb water. The optional Comfort package had a combination of luxury and safety, including leather upholstery, power mirrors and a passenger airbag.

Special editions included the popular Limited Edition or LE one (alloys and leather wheels) from 1995-98, and the well-equipped Riviera (1998-2001) and Milano (2001-05).

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The Barchetta was launched in 1995, five years after the first MX-5. It proved popular, especially with unofficial importers, who wasted no time in undercutting British Fiat prices. Fiat eventually bounced back when, in 2003, it launched a restyled version (redesigned nose, fog lights and leather steering wheel) with a significant price cut. These end-plate versions aren’t much more desirable than luxury, pre-facelift cars, however.

The camshaft timing of the Barchetta’s 1.8-liter engine produced 128 horsepower, enough to propel the 1,060-kilogram roadster from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds. Standard equipment includes a five-speed manual gearbox, power steering, anti-lock brakes and power windows. The hood was a manual case that could absorb water. The optional Comfort package had a combination of luxury and safety, including leather upholstery, power mirrors and a passenger airbag.

Special editions included the popular Limited Edition or LE one (alloys and leather wheels) from 1995-98, and the well-equipped Riviera (1998-2001) and Milano (2001-05).

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