Lot 348 - 1974 Fiat 130 Pininfarina Coupé
|Odometer reading||71,000 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
One of two large Coupés styled by Pininfarina in the 1970’s, the other being the Rolls-Royce Camargue, the Fiat 130 Coupé was arguably the more successful design. Based on the 130 saloon that had appeared two years previously, Fiat’s flagship model was introduced in 1971. A two-door four-seater, the 130 Coupé used only the larger 3.2-litre version of the saloon’s twin-overhead-cam V6 engine. Borg Warner three-speed automatic or a ZF five-speed manual gearbox were the transmission options, while power assistance for the steering came as standard. Top speed of this elegant and luxurious Gran Turismo was 190km/h (manual) or 185km/h (auto). Production of the 130 Coupé ended in 1977.
This fabulous example of this much sought after model is presented in silver with grey cloth interior. It is powered by the glorious sounding Lampredi developed Ferrari esque 3200 V6 engine mated to an Borg Warner automatic transmission, which produces a great ‘howl’ when out on the open road. It comes with its original press release pack, refurbished magnesium wheels, recent tyres, re-trimmed boot area and a new exhaust system. These cars were just under £60,000 in today’s money and recently tipped by veteran motoring journalist Quentin Wilson as “where the smart money is going right now. Enzo Ferrari famously had the use of one at the time as his official company car, endorsing the model for Fiat. These interesting sports coupés were often the choice of company directors wishing to have something a little sportier than the British equivalent which was available at that time. The colour combination of this particular example is certainly the best option considering the era, as other manufacturers insisted on hideous colour schemes which are now considered to be retro or trendy! Extremely comfortable on long journeys and a joy to drive on open country roads, these were every bit the driver’s car of the moment.
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