The California based magazine 'Car and Driver' published an extensive Road Test of the
Fiat 124 Spider in August 1968 and specified her ( ! ) as:
A lovely, sensual, responsive Italian lady.
There is no other way of thinking
about Pininfarina's Fiat 124 Spider. It's time you knew it.
Like women to dream about, the really good Italian cars always had a mysterious irrestibility
and an eagerness to please.
Somehow, they seem to exist solely for the pleasure of their drivers.
Where there are moments of tight-jawed hardship with the British cars, all is sweet willingness with
Italy's 124 Spider.
We see the Fiat 124 Spider as a milestone -the beginning of the end of the
hardship sports car. It's the only machine in its class in which we'd enjoy taking a long trip.