It even comes with a manual gearbox, although you do need $139,995 to buy one.
Roadster Salon specializes in restoring and enhancing the classic Fiat 124, but with the Spider America EV, it went further and installed an all-electric driveline into the classic Italian drop-top. It’s not cheap, but it has a lot going for it and for the right kind of buyer, it will seem justified considering what you’re getting.
So what are you getting for the $139,995 asking price? Well, a fully-restored Fiat 124 that has a strengthened shell, better suspension and more powerful brakes, as well as dual electric motor setup (courtesy of Electric GT) that delivers almost 200 horsepower and 200 pound-feet (271 Nm) of torque. Unlike most EVs you can buy right now, though, this one comes with a manual five-speed transmission that makes it stand out.
For those buyers who don’t want to row their own, though, the Spider America EV has town and highway modes; these make it behave like a regular automatic.
Performance is pretty good (a lot better than that of the original), with a claimed naught to sixty time of around six seconds and a top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). Regarding its range, Roadster Salon doesn’t put out the exact number; all it says is the Spider America has a longer range than that of the Fiat 500e, a model rated at just 87 miles (140 km).