1973 Fiat Pininfarina 130 Coupe
VIN: 130BC 0002519
Through the post-War era, Fiat has always been credited with “getting Italy moving again” with the Topolino and then 500. By the late ’60s, the company urged to branch out in to executive market in Europe and compete directly with BMW and Mercedes Benz. Fiat developed an all new luxury sedan, the 130 Berlina introduced in March 1969, with quite advanced engineering featuring a new 2.8 liter V6 engine designed by the esteemed Aurelio Lampredi, formerly at Ferrari, who had also designed the Dino V6, the legendary V12s of the the 1950’s and several Formula 1 and 2 racing engines. The chassis was thoroughly modern as well, incorporating fully independent suspension with torsion bars in front, 4-wheel disc brakes and power steering. Despite the advanced engineering and many favorable reviews, the 130 Berlina did not quite meet the challenge of the German luxury brands. The styling was very conservative for the period and performance was modest.
To address these issues, Fiat developed a stunning coupe version of the 130 introduced at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show. The 130 Coupe was an instant hit. The elegant styling and exceptional interior design was the work of Paolo Martin at Pininfarina, where the 130 Coupe was also manufactured. The sensational shape won a significant European design award and the 130 Coupe is still regarded as one of the most beautiful cars produced in the modern era. The interior was restyled with a contemporary flair and upgraded from the already luxurious standard of the 130 Berlina. It featured distinctive wood trim, soft illumination via advanced fiber optics, comprehensive instrumentation and a full complement of toggle switches in a state-of-the-art, 007, 70’s technology motif. Paolo Martin took a personal interest in all details including the design of the luxurious seats and exclusive upholstery details. Just one of many sexy features is a push button to open the passenger door from the driver’s seat.
Under the hood the V6 was enlarged to 3.2 liters and now developed a lively 165 HP and much improved mid-range torque. In the best Italian fashion the 3.2 V6 is a joy to exercise fully and provides a stirring exhaust note. Both automatic and manual transmissions were available, with the desirable 5-speed manual being a very robust and sporty ZF unit. A true four passenger GT, the 130 Coupe now had the grace and pace to compete directly with the BMW 3.0 CS and Mercedes-Benz 280 CE. A very generous boot completes the package defining the 130 Coupe as a grand touring car in the classic tradition.
Premium pricing limited ultimate sales, but the 130 Coupe was a clear success in the market, redefining Fiat as a real player in the European executive market. Produced from 1971 thru 1977, about 4,500 130 Coupes were sold with the 5-speed manual version accounting for about 500 of those. The 130 series was never imported to the US and very few clean examples still exist on the continent. The iconic styling is legendary and the unique GT coupe execution has created a devoted following among the cognoscenti.
World class style, elegant luxury details, true four passenger GT accommodations and a superb ride/handling balance are combined in this rare and exclusive, iconic design.
This 130 Coupe was originally sold to an industrialist from Verona and then sold to another prominent businessman in the same region. This distinctive coupe was well known in the area and admired by many local enthusiasts. In recent years the car began showing its age and was subsequently purchased by a Fiat 130 aficionado with the intent to perform a full restoration. This cosmetic and mechanical restoration was completed in 2016. The car was then sold and imported in to the U.S. where it has been regularly serviced and meticulously kept and maintained. A list of service work, below.
All aspects of the exterior, interior and mechanics have been attended to, and restored to a very high standard. The body was straight and free of any significant rust. All minor corrosion was professionally addressed, a new paint finish in the original color as applied and sealed with a double clear coat. The car looks beautiful, drives like new, and all systems are in perfect working order. Suspension, bearings, bushings and all drivetrain seals inspected and renewed as necessary. Transmission shifts crisply, clutch action is smooth and positive, brakes are strong with excellent feel, ride and handling are impressive.
This example is in the original metallic mediterranean blue and features the desirable 5-speed manual transmission. The interior has newly upholstered seats in soft black leather matching the original factory option in pattern and stitching, and the original pumpkin color carpeting with a creme white headliner. New tires are mounted on the original Cromodora alloy wheels and there is a matching spare wheel. The odometer shows 32,966 kilometers, believed to be 132,966 km or 82,639 actual miles. The car comes with a clear, clear California title with current registration.
Services – 2016
• Engine rebuilt
• New clutch, turned flywheel
• Transmission and differential lubricants changed
• New brake calipers & brake lines
Services from 2017 to present
• New exhaust system, mufflers, clamps, mounts
• Fresh routine maintenance, spark plugs, filters, belts, hoses, thermostat
• Radiator acid washed, protected and new radiator cap
• Oil change, coolant replaced
• Valve adjustment
• Clutch adjustment and lubricated linkage
• Brakes serviced, rear brake pads replaced
• Right front wheel bearing replaced
• Engine bay detailed, electrical wiring inspected and secured