Continuing on with our weekend edition, and here are two very unique, and dare I say beautiful, Fiat Coupes from the 1970’s. Fiat’s from this time period have been known to be extremely fragile, so is it any wonder that these two have remained relatively intact. They are very different as far as their respective markets, but that’s what makes them both so attractive. Let’s discover the high-end Fiat 130 from 1973, and the affordable Fiat 124 Sport Coupe from 1975.
Let’s start with the Fiat 130, a car that was never officially imported into the States, and according to the listing:
In the USA when we think of Fiat the last thing that comes to mind is a full size luxury car. In the early 1970s Fiat created the 130, which was a luxury 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. A bland looking four door salon was introduced in 1969 of which 15,039 were produced. In 1971 a beautiful 2 door coupe, designed by Pininfarina was introduced of which 4,294 were built. The 130 was not imported into the USA therefore they are very rare in this country.
The 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. Beautiful wood Nardi wheel and modern MP3 radio.This car also has the optional factory installed air conditioner, which works and blows cold.
The Fiat 130 is a really good driving car and feels more like a sports car than a full size coupe. 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. In case you are wondering why I am selling this car … I have a second 130 coupe which I am keeping.
This is a very beautiful and very desirable car, and the Buy-it-Now price-tag is $25,900. I would not hesitate to call this car a masterpiece as it is one step below a Ferrari, which makes the asking price fairly reasonable. You won’t see another one like it anywhere soon, but is that enough to make you want to purchase such a car? See the listing here: [sc:ebay itemid=”251313787837″ linktext=”1973 Fiat 130 Pinninfarina Coupe” ]
Not quite as luxurious, but no less desirable is this 1975 Fiat 128 Sport Coupe, and according to the listing:
Fiat 124 Coupé is an Italian car produced between 1967 and 1975 in three generations. The four cylinder, aluminum, twin overhead cam engine was designed by ex-Ferrari engineer Aurelio Lampredi. Originally, the AC or first generation featured an 1,438 cc engine, which grew to 1,608 in the second or BC generation. The third generation, or CC, was first officially offered with the 1,592 cc and then 1,756 cc (some early CC left the factory with left over 1,608 cc engines).
Other mechanicals include a 5-speed gearbox (although very early AC models only featured a 4-speed), disc brakes at each wheel, power brakes, double wishbone front suspension, one carburetor per cylinder (2 Dual Weber or Solex carburetors on the BC series 1608 engine – except for the USA version which received mild carburation due to emissions constraints), electric fuel pump (on the CC series), and suspension by coil springs
The 124 Coupé was designed as a three-box, notchback by Mario Boano, known for designing the bodywork on the Ferrari 250 GT “Boano”. The CC Coupe (such as this one) arrived in 1973 with new front styling and a revised squarer rear tail with a new deeper trunklid. Taillights also changed to a now vertical arrangement and side rear windows were revised.
The CC started with a small batch fitted with the 1608 cc engine, soon changing to a revised 1592 cc engine (slightly shorter stroke at 79,2 mm to create a “sub-1600” engine to fit the lower tax bracket in Italy) and an enlarged 84 mm bore creating an engine of 1756 cc. The 1592 cc and 1756 cc (sourced from the new Fiat 132, introduced in 1972) both made use of a single carburetor again (the Weber 34 DMS). In spite of this change the 1756 cc was the most powerful engine produced with 118 hp (88 kW) and 115 mph (185 km/h) top speed.
The CC’s revised interior featured a new dashboard incorporating a lower panel on the passenger side, an alloy fascia in front of the driver and seats covered completely in cloth. There was a new vinyl-covered steering wheel rim with anodised silver spokes. The optional but not uncommon Cromodora wheels now had a revised design with no chrome centre hubcap, instead having exposed wheelnuts. There were approx 75,000 CC Coupés manufactured.
Here for sale a 1975 Fiat Sport 1800 cc, 5 speed manual transmission, car has a clean Florida title, 53,014 miles that can not be warranty but mechanically look to be correct, runs good, engine is strong, all gauges in working condition including the horn, car paint look nice and shine but actually is horrible, not sure what previous owner did, but this car need to be painted, interior need to be done complete, pictures show to be nice but it is not, unless you do not mind and want to enjoy as is. There is rust in some places but believe not to be major problem.
Currently, the high bid for this unusual Fiat Coupe is $1,250, with no reserve. Yes, this can’t really be compared to the Fiat 130 above, but the car has a certain charm, and with a little money, and a lot of grunt, it could be a very unique piece of Italian History in your driveway. Tell me what you think of it after you go here to see it: [sc:ebay itemid=”221262126730″ linktext=”1975 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe” ]