Updated Price: ’73 Fiat 130 Coupe
It is hard to shake how people perceive your brand. One can equate it to typecasting – a Hollywood term. We believe Fiat had the same problem back in the late ’60s. They wanted an upscale sedan and coupe that would compete with Mercedes and BMW. The effort was not at all successful but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a decent car. Fortunately, Fiat was smart enough to realize it wouldn’t sell in the States so the few cars that swam across were imported by individual owners. Mint was tipped off to this extraordinary version of the 130 by its seller whose cars we have featured before. His skill at finding gems is legendary. Here we have a beautiful 130 Coupe with an elegant interior and – trumpets, prepare to toot – a 5-speed manual gearbox. The V-6 engine equipped in the Coupe is a Lampredi design and is similar in configuration to the Dino engine of the same period. Other notables for this listing include factory A/C that works, leather interior, power steering, wood trim, sun shades and dual tone horns. What we haven’t yet mentioned is the rarity of this one. You will see few here in the US and even fewer with a 5-speed with this level of equipment. The design is pure Pininfarina of the period and it may remind you of other cars like the de Tomaso Longchamp and the Peugeot 505 Coupe. The 130 is a bit more angular than the other 2 designs that are perhaps a bit more pleasing to the eye. But somehow, even designs that were panned back in the day, sort of look better with age. They become symbols of the period they were born into. We like it and for $25,900, you get lots of exclusivity and a lovely car to drive. Contact the seller by clicking here. Hurry.