Lot 232 - 1973 Fiat 130 Coupé (3.2 litre)
|Odometer reading||107,000 km|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,840|
The Fiat 130 was the company's first attempt at a large car so to get so much of it right first time was a real achievement for its maker. The technologically-advanced 130 was a brilliant saloon disguised by low-key styling. It featured all-independent suspension, passive rear steering and four disc brakes. The twin-cam, V6 was initially offered in 2.8-litre form but was extended to 3.2-litres in 1971, just before the launch of the handsome coupé in 1972. It was that car which really captures the imagination today. With straight-edged styling from Pininfarina's Rolls-Royce Camargue/Lancia Gamma Coupé period, the 130 Coupé has a vast and intimidating presence.
This beautiful Coupé is presented in beautiful metallic grey coachwork with contrasting red trim. A one owner from new example that has resided in Italy until very recently, this UK registered manual 130 styled by Pininfarina is every bit the Italian classic it should be. The vendor tells us that the engine and gearbox are performing as of a car half its age and drives really very well. Offered with the car is a good history file which should warrant the 107,000 kilometres (67,000 miles. With an MoT test certificate valid until March 2017, any bidder can be confident in this example, a car in Fiat's history that can so easily be overlooked which was originally a commercial flop but now represents a brilliant classic especially with the magnisium wheels as with this example. This example is keenly priced and is a must for any Italian enthusiast.
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