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.
“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.
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.