Bella macchina: 1973 Fiat 130 coupe

The Pick of the Day is a rarely seen luxury craft from Italy

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The Fiat coupe's body was designed and produced by coachbuilder Pininfarina

Here’s a sweet coupe from Italy that’s quite rare in the US, mainly because they were never sold outside of Europe.  The premium Fiat has a handsome body designed and built by Pininfarina and an engine designed by Aurelio Lampredi, who also created exotic motors for Ferrari.

The Pick of the Day is a 1973 Fiat 130 2-door with roomy seating for four, and powered by a 165-horsepower 3.2-liter V6 linked with a 5-speed manual transmission.  This was an exclusive motorcar from the Italian maker of mass-produced vehicles, with just 4,400 built from 1970 through 1977 and just 800 with the ZF manual gearboxes.

“The Fiat 130 Coupe was one of Pininfarina’s classic designs and one of the most influential designs of the 1970s,” according to the Holliston, Massachusetts, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.  “When it was introduced in 1970, the 130 coupes were considered (to have) one of the most luxurious interiors in the world, with soft leather seat and side-panel upholstery and a stunning rolled-leather headliner.”

Lampredi, who designed the V6 engine with single overhead cams, alloy heads and iron block, also developed Ferrari’s early V12 engines and the V6 used in the Dino sports car.

The Fiat is in fine condition, having been thoroughly gone through in 2018 with any issues addressed, the seller says.  Work done at that time included a new coil, electronic ignition, clutch, brake pads and 4-wheel alignment.  Mileage is reportedly at around 70,000.

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“Car runs and drives beautifully,” the seller adds, noting that it is equipped with power steering, power disc brakes, power windows and twin horns (one city, one highway). “All gauges and lights work.”

The 130 is a big car, especially for Fiat, with a 190-inch total length and weighing more than 3,500 pounds, the opulent interior providing ample space for all aboard. 

“The back seat has loads of leg and headroom,” the seller notes.

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The stylish body still looks fresh in the photos, with good proportions and details.  The seller points out that the “oblong headlights” were found only on the 130, a design never shared with any other car.

The asking price is $29,500 for a rarely seen Fiat 130 luxury coupe that should get loads of loving attention at any Italian concorso.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

5 COMMENTS

  1. 1973 Fiat 130 coupe its really a great a car and the things is someone still have this which is around 47 years old car. I also love cars and maintain my car properly but this owner has salute.

  2. I love the way you choose cars from all makes. I am an American car guy still at age 72. One thing that stands out is these old cars are not cookie cutter like today where you can not tell what kind of car one is looking at except for the logo. That’s why I quit watching NASCAR. Even though it is not an American car (muscle especially), it takes me back to a kinder era and one in which a new car was a big deal. Thanks for your wonderful articles. Just so you’ll know, I had (new) a 1969 Road Runner and a 1971 Challenger RT with a 426 Hemi before giving way to a 1973 Corvette. Today I have a 1978 Silver Anniversary Corvette and 1972 Charger Rallye (340). Neither are show cars but fun to drive EVERYDAY.

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