In the USA when we think of Fiat the last thing that comes to mind is a well built luxury car. In the early 1970s Fiat created the 130, which was their top end model to compete with the likes of Mercedes Benz and BMW. The 130 was fitted with a V6 engine developed by Ferrari engine designer Aurelio Lampredi. This beautiful 2 door coupe, designed by Pininfarina, was introduced in 1971 and somewhat looks similar to a Ferrari 400, although the Fiat I believe has a cleaner and more interesting design. The 130 was not imported into the USA therefore they are very rare in this country.
This 1973 Fiat 130 Pininfarina coupe is loaded with luxury features such as real wood trims, courtesy lights everywhere, rear shades, adjustable steering, power windows, ZF power steering and dual horns. There is even a lever for the driver to open the passenger door remotely! Most 130 had automatic transmission; this car has the rare ZF 5-speed gearbox. This was the same gearbox used on the 2.4 liter Dinos. Also most 130 had velour interior, this car has the optional leather interior which is in excellent condition and a beautiful wood Nardi wheel.This car also has the optional factory installed air conditioner, which works and blows cold.
This car is in overall very good condition. The body is straight and rust free with no signs of prior accident. The dark blue paint is very nice and presents itself well. The deep red leather interior is really luxurious and nice, especially considering the age of the car. I own several Maseratis and the leather on this Fiat far surpasses any of them.
Mechanically the engine has very good compression with 155 psi across all cylinders. The clutch was just replaced. Car runs, brakes, and steers as it should.
The Fiat 130 is a really good driving car and feels more like a sports car. The engine is very peppy and the 5-speed gearbox has short throws. With power steering and independent suspension it handles very sporty. In fact, the gearbox and suspension uses most of the same components as the very sporty Fiat Dino. The V6 Dino engine was also designed by Lampredi and is a close cousin to the 130 engine.
This is a very exclusive and rare car in remarkably good condition. A unique opportunity to acquire a car that is fun to drive and will be a hit at your next Italian car gathering.