Ramzi is currently restoring a 1972 FIAT 124 Spider with all of the resto-mod updates one could imagine. Many of the products used on Ramzi’s Spider are tested and find their way into the inventory of Auto Ricambi. His new Spider will feature an Auto Ricambi exclusive Guy Croft spec 2.0L high compression motor as well as a custom fitted rack and pinion steering with big brakes and upgraded suspension. Like many of us, Ramzi also has other projects, a 1966 FIAT 124 Berlina Sedan with right hand drive that is likely earliest 124 example in the United States. Rounding out Ramzi’s stable of projects is a pair of rare 1939 FIAT 508c Torpedos which are currently being restored to a very high level. One will be a factory fresh civilian spec car while the other will be restored to the military spec vehicle often used by the Italian military during World War II.
Csaba is in the final phases of the rolling restoration of his 1971 FIAT 124 Spider. All mechanical systems have been rebuilt, including a mild performance 2-liter engine, the car has been painted, and the interior redone. It often sports a restored Pininfarina hardtop. Csaba’s Spider has been converted to the larger brakes and rack and pinion steering from a 1985.5 Spider and features a 5-speed transmission with the longer 5th gear and a limited slip differential. Future projects include the addition of programmable fuel injection and improving the air conditioning to battle the Texas summers. Csaba offers a very analytical approach to problems that keeps the rest of us grounded and is an expert at so many things. There is likely nobody else in the United States that knows as much about the FIAT 124 Spider as Csaba. He is a humble guy so he would deny this but it is true, we see it practiced on a daily basis.
Frank brings 40 years of automotive background, a majority of that with GM dealers, parts and service and a broad range of FIAT related experience to our team. Frank joined the world of FIAT in 2007 when he started at IAP. His role there was as the parts team supervisor which also included customer service and tech support. During his time at IAP he organized the Customer Appreciation Day attracting 80-90 cars per year. He is also very active in the DC FIAT club.
Frank can be counted on to be the expert on the phone to help you with that project you are working on. His many years of FIAT related experience makes him an asset to our team.
Shortly after starting and searching all over the east coast Frank found his first FIAT 124 Spider, a one owner car in Positano yellow. Once purchased, he proceeded to bring it back to life with a complete suspension and brake system rebuild as well as interior, a new top, exhaust and cylinder head rebuild. In the fall of 2015 he purchased a1970 FIAT 124 Spider which is in the process of a complete rebuild, watch for updates. There is also a 2012 Abarth which is my wife’s daily driver.
Frank has been part of the Auto Ricambi team since 2015 and enjoys meeting new FIAT folks each day.
When you are amazed by our high level of service and fast shipping, AJ is the man behind the scenes who makes this happen. AJ is committed to ensuring that your orders are shipped properly and quickly. AJ also owns a FIAT 124 Spider that is currently being restored to a driver. Currently, he is building his first DOHC FIAT motor and also test fits many of our parts prior to retail sale. AJ is a graduated high school recently and we like to think of him as the next gen FIAT expert.
Our marketing and media expert, Brett, has owned his right hand drive Euro spec 1981 FIAT X1/9 for almost 30 years and is continually trying new things out and making updates. Currently, the 1.5 SOHC is running a high spec tune with a set of dual DCOE carburetors and a specially prepared head and crank fire ignition. He also recently acquired three low milage Spiders, a 1981 FIAT Spider Turbo, a 1985 Pininfarina with automatic and AC and an ultra rare, all original 1985.5 Pininfarina. All of these Spiders are very original with less than 55,000 original miles on them. His latest addition is an all original, one owner 1971 FIAT 124 Sport Coupe.
Brett also has experience with other brands and has a collection of cars ranging from the FIATs to classic Mustangs. He recently completed a wild 430 horsepower 1968 Mustang Fastback build that handles like a sports car with upgraded coil over suspension and four wheel disc brakes. Add to this his interest in old FJ40s and anything cool including a vintage 1954 Feathercraft boat. Most of Brett’s efforts these days are with his 2017 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth where his upgrades are put to the test during the FIAT on the Dragon event that he hosts each spring and fall.
As you can see, we are genuine car guys and absolutely love what we do. This attitude shows in the service and approach to how we do things at Auto Ricambi. One of our most favorite quotes around here is “Life is too short to drive boring cars.” This is why each member of the Auto Ricambi team owns at least one FIAT 124 Spider in addition to other interesting cars. We look forward to serving you and seeing you at the next FIAT event. Thank you for your continued business.