Handcrafted Fiat 130 Coupe

EDIT: (27/02/2015) Since publication, the car’s owner (Robert Menghini) has informed us that the car was in fact registered on 23/03/1972 on an L Plate. An apparent mix up when registering originally seems to be to blame.

What? – An extremely scarce 1969 Fiat 130 Coupe finished in dark blue. These were not regular run-of-the-mill Fiats though, being hand-crafted in the Pininfarina factory from the late sixties until 1976. Powered by a 3.2-litre V6 and producing 165bhp, this fancy Fiat is no slouch with a 0-60 time of 9.5 seconds.

Where?  – Based in the Wiltshire town of Melksham.

Odometer reading? – No information displayed, however with a full nut and bolt restoration, this shouldn’t prove too much of an issue.

The Bad Bits? – Nothing to note based on the advert.

Why? – The 130 Coupe was a masterpiece by Pininfarina which is definitively seventies in terms of design. Furthermore, the interior vastly upstages the vaguely understated exterior design with alcantara seats and lavish ribbed headlining, topped off with a dashing of wood dashboard trim.

The ride will be fairly relaxed with a three-speed automatic gearbox, delivering 165bhp from the brilliant V6 unit. Worry not about the condition, as this example is simply perfect. A recent full nut and bolt restoration has seen everything replaced and refreshed, essentially rendering it a brand new car.

Exclusivity is also the name of the game, with only seven vehicles known to exist in the UK, remarkable really for what was only a 4,491 production run.

You will also be able to show off multiple awards which the car has earned over time. Featured at the NEC Classic Car show in 2013, also a feature car for Classic and Sports Car Magazine in the June 2014 issue, and winner at both the BIAMF Bristol and Auto ITALIA shows, this 130 has certainly proved its worth.

>> If Fiats are your thing, be sure to also check out our featured Multipla.

How Much? – £42,000 or near offer.

Got a Link? – Right here, via Car and Classic.

by Mike Armstrong.

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10 thoughts on “Handcrafted Fiat 130 Coupe”

  1. Thank you very much for your reply Brian. It’s a pleasure to have someone as knowledgeable as you commenting on my blog. I’d love to know what things still need to be sorted out with this particular 130, just out of curiosity.


  2. Hi mike, thanks for your gracious reply, I would change the Interior for correct cloth/colour, Air filter needs repainting black,
    Ferrarri Emblem on lid taken off,


  3. This 130 coupe is the best available anywhere! It has been restored to concours condition, better than when it left the factory but with a more durable interior to compliment the still modern overall look of this gracious car!


  4. Here’s one that looks at least as good for a start – better in my opinion, because apart from its sublime styling the 130’s main attraction is its superb interior, and replacing the magnificent (and durable!) original velour with 2-tone beige alacantara is a bad joke:


    The car for sale in Italy has an excellent (and CORRECT) interior, looks unrestored, has very low mileage, etc., etc.

    Oh – and it is a sixth the price (£6500, which is about right for a good 130 Coupé). They aren’t rare in Italy, and neither are they expensive there (and so shouldn’t be here). And if you’re wondering how much I know about 130s, I started the first owner’s club in 1982 (see my letter in the 3rd or 4th-ever issue of Classic and Sportscar magazine – the one after the issue where they test one of the cars against a BMW).


  5. Thanks for pointing that out Alan, it is in fact right hand drive. I have no idea how that got in!

    As for original interiors, I am a huge fan of the original in the Italian ad you posted. Generally, it seems like a great deal. But I’m wary of adverts with little description about that car’s history, particularly classic cars like this. With that said, it looks mint and would be a bargain for someone. The only inconvenience being the fact it’s all the way in Italy.


  6. True, but I only live 75 miles from the Italian border, so for me it’s an advantage! And it’s not a coincidence that I am here – I got fed up with constantly fighting rust, and with it costing me £1000 every time I brought a car back from Italy. In fact even when I lived in the UK I wouldn’t have ever dreamed of buying an Italian car in the UK, as if they have been there they are going to be rusty or have been rusty – period!


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