Lamenting the loss of my red GTV I happened upon an example of its sibling, the Fiat Coupé, in a place called Frog Island. Despite its unusual name, Frog Island is a rather grey place and perhaps that dull backdrop made the red Fiat Coupé seen here seem even more exotic than usual. When did you last see one?

A quick nosey online shows that you can still pick up an example of this slashed and pumped Coupé for £1500 ish. Less if a bit of tinkering isn’t an issue. My experience with this sort of Italian classic is that, regardless of the asking price, you’ll be tinkering to keep it running anyway, so you may as well pick up a cheap one to start with. It’s the ultimate example of a pocketmoney exotic, and we ‘punks love it.

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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