1973 Fiat 130 Coupe V6 Project

Highlights


  • Rare right-hand drive example
  • Partly dismantled in readiness for full restoration
  • Appears to be fundamentally solid

The Appeal


When you think of Fiat, large executive coupés might not immediately spring to mind. However, during the early 1970s, the Italian auto giant dabbled in the premium sporting coupé market with the 130. Penned by Paolo Martin at Carrozzeria Pininfarina, the distinctive styling of the 130 is perhaps more rakish than prospective Fiat buyers were accustomed to, leaving it in no doubt that this stylish coupé meant business.

Not many were sold in Britain and given most ‘70s Italian cars’ propensity to corrode in the temperate British climate, right-hand drive examples are few and far between. The vendor informs us that this 1973 car is a fundamentally sound example. Sure, you're going to find rust and no doubt you’ll encounter all of the usual restoration highs and lows, but this endearing Fiat is a rather special thing that really deserves saving.

The History and Paperwork


  • Partially disassembled
  • V5C present
  • Now in need of full restoration
  • Exempt from road tax and MOT testing

The Interior


  • From what we could see beneath general dirt and boxes of parts, the orange velour seats look to be in quite good condition, retaining their colour and being free from excessive wear
  • Ribbed headlining is a real luxury touch and may well clean up in this case
  • The sun visors and rear view mirror are intact and remain in place 
  • No door cards are fitted at present
  • Beneath years of grime, the dashboard looks to be salvageable and largely complete
  • Most of the gauges and switchgear are present
  • There are currently no carpets, revealing the floor to appear relatively sound
  • The controls all look to be in restorable condition
  • A number of spare parts are stored in the boot
  • The frame to the boot lid - a common trouble spot looks to be in really good condition

The Exterior 


  • From what we could see, the grilles, badges and light lenses are complete and in fair condition
  • The chrome has some pitting but we’re informed that all the trim is present
  • Both rear side glass and door glass are present but there are no front and rear screens
  • The bodywork is in need of full restoration although it looks structurally sound and straight
  • Underneath, the sills actually look quite good and the same goes for around the window frames and on the structural pillars
  • Evidence of some past remedial work can be seen behind the front wheel arches
  • The alloys upon which the car sits are in fair shape although the vendor informs us that a spare Cromadora set is also supplied
  • Of course, the tyres will be in need of replacement
  • The fuel tank has been removed and is supplied also

The Mechanics 


  • Aurelio Lampredi designed, 3.2-litre V6
  • 3-speed Borg-Warner Automatic gearbox
  • Not currently in running order


Summary


While it may appear daunting at first glance, the harder you look, the more you realise that this Fiat is actually quite sound. The fact that it is such a rare, stylish and interesting vehicle means that we’re sure it will see the road again. 

If you’re not afraid of a project and, like us, want to see another of these fabulous 130 V6 Coupés on the road, then this is a brilliant opportunity. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make Fiat
  • Model 130 Coupe V6 Project
  • Colour Grey
  • Odometer 0
  • Engine size 3235
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Framfield
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
13 bids from 5 bidders
  • jack.ha•••• £2,200 09/11/22
  • declan_•••• £2,100 09/11/22
  • jack.ha•••• £2,000 09/11/22
  • Compsec £1,800 09/11/22
  • declan_•••• £1,700 09/11/22
  • jack.ha•••• £1,600 09/11/22
  • declan_•••• £1,500 09/11/22
  • jack.ha•••• £1,000 09/11/22
  • ADR £900 09/11/22
  • jack.ha•••• £800 09/11/22

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