Weekend Edition – Two Beautiful Fiat Coupes from the 70's that will have you saying Belissimo!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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” ]

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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).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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” ]

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29 responses to “Weekend Edition – Two Beautiful Fiat Coupes from the 70's that will have you saying Belissimo!”

  1. stigshift Avatar

    OK, I'm weird. One of my favorite Ferraris is the 400i. There's just something about it's chiseled angular lines that speaks to me. And I love the Fiat 130 Coupe because it reminds me of the 400i so much. Crisp and elegant. And if it ever did start after I bought it, I'm sure it would be beautiful to drive.

    1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

      I agree with your point of view and would like to subscribe to your newsletter. For me, a late 412 would be just fine.
      The 130 coupe is an object lesson in something being greater than the sum of its parts. Not one visual ingredient is all that interesting individually; the rear lamps are very close to Peugeot 604 units. Yet the whole thing hangs together with remarkable grace and gravitas. One of my favourites.

      1. stigshift Avatar

        Martin Buckley, writing in his "Our Cars" column in the UK magazine Classic ans Sports Car, is a serial owner of 130s in both in sedan and coupe form. He described one evening as he came around a corner in London that one in a group of young teenaged boys eyed his dark blue coupe and called out "That's absolutely lush, mate" as he cruised by. Seems like a damned fine description to me, as well.

      2. Rover1 Avatar

        You are so right but if he's asking that much money, you'd think that it would come with the correct Campagnalo Coupe wheels
        <img src="http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/attachments/other-italian-cars/147156d1249258356-fiat-130-coupe-3200-130cdep2750.jpg"width ="600">
        rather than the sedan wheels,
        <img src="http://www.fiatmotorclubgb.org/Cars/130/130Saloon2.jpg"width="600"&gt;

        1. Rover1 Avatar

          And of course the Agnelli family, owners of Fiat, had their almost one off Estate versions of both…
          <img src="http://i727.photobucket.com/albums/ww274/cosinodo/259-2.jpg"width="600"&gt;
          <img src="http://images.forum-auto.com/mesimages/514211/Fiat130Maremma1.jpg"width="600"&gt;
          and their own four door, the Opera…
          <img src"http://www.classiccarcatalogue.com/P/Pininfarina%201974_Fiat_130_Maremma_SB.jpg"width="600"&gt;

  2. john365 Avatar

    The 130 was a great car. So great, that many owner agree it's only problem was the brand: it was styled and engineered like a Lancia, not a Fiat.

    1. Rover1 Avatar

      A problem they fixed with the Gamma, with the coupe from the same source, Pininfarina, (With Aldo Bavarone as stylist this time instead of Paulo Martin ).
      <img src="http://www.monteverdiclub.com/images/gamofsi.jpg"width="600"&gt;

  3. $kaycog Avatar

    Belissimo!

  4. Rich Avatar

    Would absolutely LOVE to have that 130.

  5. mac350 Avatar

    The 130 is proof that Fiat can produce very attractive automobiles. The 130 is as good as it gets. The 124 is a good car but from the front 3/4 view it looks a lot like a Peugeot 504 Coupe (which is a favorite of mine) . Any car with a designer body can't be all bad. Here's a picture of the 504 coupe – different design team but I guess all great minds think alike.
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5f/Peugeot_504_Coupe_1978.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. quattrovalvole Avatar

      Hmmm yes the 504. The convertible is even more gorgeous
      <img src="http://media.caranddriver.com/images/media/463609/1969-peugeot-504-cabriolet-photo-463626-s-1280×782.jpg&quot; width=640 />
      However, "Any car with a designer body can't be all bad. Here's a picture of the 504 coupe – different design team but I guess all great minds think alike. " — not always, here's a proof:
      <img src="http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00842/motoring-graphics-2_842452a.jpg&quot; />

      1. mac350 Avatar

        Agreed, love the rag-top 504. Sad to say, but even some great design houses can come up with some duds. But just think of what it might have looked like without the benefit of a good designer.Even Fiat has made some booboos.
        <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e0/Fiat_Multipla_silver_front.JPG/795px-Fiat_Multipla_silver_front.JPG&quot; width="600">
        I've searched the interweb and can't find anyone who will take credit for designing the Multipla?

        1. Rover1 Avatar

          Could it be an early Chris Bangle, to go with his Fiat Coupe? The work BMW's board hired him on the basis of..
          <img src="http://andrexblogroll.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/fiat_coupe_vl_blue.jpg"width="600"&gt;

          1. lilpoindexter Avatar

            Chris Bangle and the designer for ssangyong walk into a bar…

            1. Alff Avatar

              …bartender says, "I'm sorry, you'll have to leave. We don't serve designers with poor taste … or Chinese."

        2. stigshift Avatar

          Whoever designed that disjointed thing likely had Multipla personalities.

          1. mac350 Avatar

            I'm schizophrenic and so am I.

      2. Alff Avatar

        That 504 bears a striking resemblance to a GTC.

  6. lilpoindexter Avatar

    DAMN…I always liked the 128, but it looks like garbage compared to the 130.

    1. hubba Avatar

      The 130 Coupe may be the best styled car of the Seventies.
      The 124 Coupe (not 128) wasn't chopped liver, either.

  7. mark Avatar

    If the rust isn't too bad the 124 could be a fun project. Seems to be riding a couple of inches higher than necessary.

    1. scroggzilla Avatar

      I'm sure that's due to the US safety regulations of the period. It had the same effect on the MGB.

  8. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    The 130 is gorgeous and would be fantastic. But it's too much. And it isn't a FIAT Dino. That's what you really want. For the money I'd rather have the world's worst Montreal. The 124 is priced right. But it's a bit of a fright pig. And if you try to use it, it will disintegrate before your eyes.

  9. scroggzilla Avatar

    The 130 is beautiful. And the 124 Sport Coupe is the discount Alfa Romeo Giulia GT.

  10. dukeisduke Avatar

    I've always loved the styling of the 130. As for the 124, where would you find a new dash for it?

  11. dukeisduke Avatar

    I happened to log on to this computer and the browser was still on this thread, so I went to check the listings. The 130 did not sell, and the 124 went for $2827, with 23 bids.

  12. Doug Higgs Avatar

    That 130 Coupe – WOW! Such elegance. Why did this car have such a limited production run? FIAT seem to be nervous about their large cars. They don't go all-out and commit huge production volume to them, in the way they churn out small cars. Please, FIAT, give us more gorgeous coupes with high-revving six-cylinder engines. Unload Chrysler before it drags you down, and get back to your heyday.

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