Built & Designed by Pininfarina: 76k-Mile 1975 Fiat 130 Coupe 5-Speed

  • April 12, 2021
The Rundown
  • Rare Pininfarina-Designed Executive Coupe
  • Fiat’s Early ‘70s Challenge to BMW & Mercedes
  • Limited Production, Exclusive to Europe
  • 165-bhp, 3.2L DOHC V-6 Engine
  • 5-Speed ZF Manual Gearbox
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes & Independent Suspension
Why We Like It

Launched at Geneva in March 1969, the Fiat 130 arrived as the company’s flagship sedan with sophisticated driving dynamics via fully independent suspension, standard four-wheel disc brakes, and power steering. From this excellent base, the handsome 130 Coupe debuted in March 1971 with styling penned by Paolo Martin for Pininfarina, who also manufactured the car and contributed the plush, yet sporty interior design. Powered by a DOHC 3.2L V6 engine (designed by former Ferrari engineer Aurelio Lampredi), the 130 Coupe continues to be renowned as an outstanding driver’s car and a brisk performer capable of nudging 125-mph flat out. Fewer than 4,500 units were built for European markets through 1976, with owners including top Italian leaders. Never imported new to the U.S., the 130 Coupe is a rare commodity here today.

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built-and-designed-by-pininfarina-76k-mile-1975-fiat-130-coupe-5-speed00303 2vXCprtfiKtz 0ju0eE 1200x900Finished in gray with Pumpkin velour upholstery, this 1975 Fiat 130 Pininfarina Coupe features the capable DOHC V6 engine mated to the desirable 5-speed manual transmission for a sporty drive. According to the seller, the car has just 76k miles of use and is fun to drive. They further advise it is offered in overall very good condition with some minor bubbling underneath the paint, and recent service items include a fresh timing belt and distributor cap, but the car could use some further tuning, according to the seller.

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Valuation Verdict

This crisply styled Italian coupe has all the right elements for a sporty and sophisticated driving experience, conjuring rich images of high-speed Transcontinental jaunts and international intrigue. In addition to being styled and built by Pininfarina of Turn, the Aurelio Lampredi-engineered V6 engine and 5-speed manual gearbox, plus the groovy GT-themed interior, make this interesting European import a more than compelling find. Since this sleek Fiat was never sold here when new, few are evident, but they’re gaining traction with enthusiasts. Pricing is quite reasonable for such a fine Italian GT car, and it appears the current owner purchased this one on Bring a Trailer in February 2017 for $22k. It still looks to be a good quality example, and at the seller’s most reasonable ask, it represents a fabulous opportunity for a new owner. Since comps are so few and far between, let’s consider this one ‘Well Bought’.

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