The original Fiat 124 Spider was a quietly remarkable product. Elegantly styled by Pininfarina, it was on sale for 19 years with hardly any changes to the looks and only modest updates to the running gear.

Although sales were never rip-roaring - it averaged around 20,000 units per year over its life - it did much for the Fiat brand, especially in the US where upwards of three quarters of production was sold.

Read our review of the Fiat 124 Spider

Indeed, while a recession and fuel crisis killed the car in Europe in 1973, it was re-engineered to meet the pollution and safety regulations demanded for 1975 model year cars in California and the wider US.

So robust was demand for the 124, that when the Fiat nameplate was withdrawn from the US in 1982, sales continued for another two years under the Pininfarina badge.

Read our review of a prototype Abarth 124 Spider

The 124 Spider also produced a genuine icon model in the form of the Fiat Abarth 124 Rally, which was successful in European competition before it was usurped by the classic Fiat 131.