Is this 1983 Fiat Spider EV conversion worth Porsche 911 GTS money?

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    Is this 1983 Fiat Spider EV conversion worth Porsche 911 GTS money?

    Is this 1983 Fiat Spider EV conversion worth Porsche 911 GTS money?
    Would you prefer a classic car with an electric overhaul, or a modern sports coupe with all the bells and whistles?
    BYRON HURD
    Jan 8th 2020
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    $140,000 can buy a lot of car. Nothing about Fiat Spiders built in the 1980s would be described as "a lot," unless you're referring to the quantity of maintenance that is sometimes required just to keep them on the road. In that context, this eBay find, a 1983 Pininfarina Spider America EV conversion, might be a bit of a two-for-one. Not only do you get a lot more power, but you might even get a lot more reliability.

    Sure, you could score a brand-new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS for the price of this humble Italian roadster, but the fine folks of Roadster Salon think they might be able to make it worth your while.

    This conversion retains the stock five-speed manual transmission, but mates it to a dual-motor electric drive unit that produces an unspecified amount of horsepower and more than 200 pound-feet of torque. Admittedly, those numbers don't really stack up nicely against the brand-new Porsche's, but, hey, at least it's a manual?

    The power unit itself is supplied by Electric GT, which has carved out a niche for itself developing electric "crate motors" that are as close to plug-and-play as possible, which should be a point in favor of this conversion's overall build quality, as custom fabrication would have been kept to a minimum.

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    Re: Is this 1983 Fiat Spider EV conversion worth Porsche 911 GTS money?

    I'd prefer a classic car with all the new car bells and whistles instead #protouristhefuture

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    Re: Is this 1983 Fiat Spider EV conversion worth Porsche 911 GTS money?

    At least it's small enough to run on a slot car track. Being electric will give it a tremendous advantage there.
    It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.

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    Re: Is this 1983 Fiat Spider EV conversion worth Porsche 911 GTS money?

    No, not worth it.

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    Re: Is this 1983 Fiat Spider EV conversion worth Porsche 911 GTS money?

    Is the 911 GTS worth the money they want for it? The answer is NO!

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    Re: Is this 1983 Fiat Spider EV conversion worth Porsche 911 GTS money?

    Not sure what the purpose of a five-speed transmission is in an EV, but I can think of a lot of cars I'd rather have for $140k ... a lot.
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    Re: Is this 1983 Fiat Spider EV conversion worth Porsche 911 GTS money?

    Go to any junkyard pull a tesla motor and bolt battery pack and your almost done for a lot less coin.

    140 grand is ridiculous...14 grand is ridiculous...140 is loony.
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