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.
How Much? – £42,000 or near offer.
Got a Link? – Right here, via Car and Classic.
by Mike Armstrong.