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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1975 Fiat 130 Pininfarina coupe

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Documented five-speed 1975 Fiat 130 Pininfarina coupe for sale on From the seller’s description:

I am selling this car on behalf of my father, a European-car enthusiast based in Connecticut. He purchased this car a year ago with the intention of retiring it to storage, anticipating a tremendous appreciation in value in the coming years. However, upon taking delivery, he fell in love with not just the striking shape of the car, but how it felt on the road. He found it difficult to see the gorgeous Pininfarina coupe in the garage and not drive it routinely. He has since decided that investment cars aren’t for him, and that he should pick up something less unique and collectible to rack up the mileage on. Since taking delivery last year, about 600 miles have been put on the car between both my father and I. In September of this year, we drove the car to the Lime Rock Historic Festival on both Saturday and Sunday, a 160 mile round trip each of the two days. The car was absolutely flawless throughout the weekend, and garnered massive enthusiasm from the select few who recognized what it was. It is a real pleasure to drive, with comfortable seating for four large adults. This car truly is the definition of a luxury grand tourer; the car is extremely stable at speed, suspension is supple yet the car still feels well-balanced and predictable, and the power delivery is smooth and effortless, with a fantastic, slightly raspy exhaust note.

This car has a known history from new and will come with a binder full of documentation, including extensive service records (timing belt, water pump, clutch about 1000 miles ago), documents from when the car was imported from Italy in 2001, the original manual, and the 130 Coupe parts catalog.

This car spent the majority of its life under the original owner, a gentleman in Tuscany. In 2001 it was imported by a collector in Florida, who proceeded to sell it to another collector in California a few years later. The FL-based owner drove the car sparingly, whereas the CA-based owner serviced and drove the car a bit more, including a drive to Monterey to be displayed at the Concorso Italiano. The car then came to Connecticut, where it has remained for the last year. This is a four owner car.

This is obviously a very rare car, particularly here in the United States, as these cars were never imported and federalized. Production figures are as follows:

– 4,491 130 Coupes were produced total from 1971-1977. Only about 10% of those were equipped with the 5-speed ZF gearbox (dogleg), as opposed to the 3-speed Borg Warner Automatic. So, say roughly 500 total manual 130 Coupes.

– One of 197 total 130 Coupes produced for 1975

– While we do not have records of exact numbers, we know that the overwhelming majority of 130 Coupes had velour interior. Usually orange. This car was optioned with black leather. We know that the driver’s seatback was reupholstered (per a receipt from 2010), the remainder of the interior is believed to be original.

Service Documentation:

2011: Replace U joint half axis (4) and U joint prop shaft, replace rear trans seal, change trans and diff fluid, replace brake bias bushes, replace air filter

2012: Replace clutch and throwout bearing, rebuild rear brake calipers and bleed, replace timing belt and tensioner

2013: Radiator hose, replace rear wheel bearings, replace thermostat, repair window switch

2014: Replace water pump, replace transmission oil

2016: Install new Michelin Defenders (4), rebuild front brake calipers


Indianapolis Silver (#0605) is the original color, and this car was repainted once. Finish is very good, with no clear-coat aging or significant chips or scratches. There is one scuff to be aware of, which is over the passenger rear wheel, from where the car rubbed a garage wall. Contact was extremely light and only took off the top layer of paint, and still shows silver underneath. While there aren’t any chips or scratches, there are a couple small bubbles to be aware of. Noteworthy bubbles are on the driver’s side of the hood, at the very front corner where it rolls over. It has not cracked the paint, but a couple tiny bubbles are there. There is also one dime-sized ding, located at the rearmost and lowest point of the driver’s rocker panel. Glass is all clear and crack-free, while the reverse light lenses both have hairline cracks. Stitching on the window channeling is fraying, which you can see in the video. Very minor, but worth noting. Chrome is excellent throughout, with a mirror-like finish. As this car was designed by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina, best known for his work with Ferrari, DeTomaso, Ghia, and Bertone, this car wears Pininfarina badges, which only adds to quintessential Italian feel of the car. Again, please watch the YouTube video accompanying the listing, as it provides a thorough walkaround of the vehicle.


The interior of this car is a great place to be. The black leather against the silver exterior suits this elegant coupe just perfectly. Seats are in phenomenal shape, with no scuffs or cracking in both front and rear. Driver’s seatback was re-covered in 2010, whereas the rest of the interior was left untouched. Dash is in excellent shape, with all interior wood showing very nicely. No cracking or anything of the sort. Door panels and interior chrome are in excellent shape. Grey carpeting is in great shape, and the car will come with grey floormats as well. Odometer reads 52,052 km (32k miles) and is functional. The passenger side power window is currently not functioning, and has a crank installed so you can roll it up. The door panel was not cut into in order to make way for the crank, these cars actually have a small circular plug that can be popped out for this very reason. This car has a number of great interior features; there is a lever below the dash on the driver’s side that will pop open the passenger door, there are switches on the dash that include two settings for the horn, there are levers that will crack the rear windows open, and there are two gloveboxes seamlessly incorporated into the dash. Headliner is ribbed leather, and really rounds out this stunning interior. The original radio was swapped out for a more modern unit (not functional), though a period Blaupunkt CR-4096 will also be included in the sale.

Underhood & Underbody:

With recent major services, including timing belt and tensioners, water pump, and clutch, this car is in excellent mechanical order. The 3,235cc twin overhead cam V6 is noteworthy in that it was developed by Aurelio Lampredi, an Italian engineer well-regarded for his work with Ferrari, where he made a name for himself by designing many of Ferrari’s Formula One V12 engine in the 1950s. While not extraordinarily powerful, with 165hp at 5600rpm, the 130 Coupe is as quick as you would ever need it to be. This car was not built for speed, it was built for maximum comfort and style at speed. The ZF dogleg 5-speed is a joy to operate, with smooth, fairly long throws and a nice audible click when selecting the next gear. The exhaust note, while fairly subtle, is surely one of the highlights of the car. Brakes are excellent, as all four calipers have been rebuilt within the last 1500 miles. Underneath, the car is in excellent shape. There is nothing more than light surface rust on a couple of suspension components. Floors and rockers are excellent. This car retains all of its original metal. This car has clearly been garaged and treated like the rare collectible that it is; the condition of the car, exterior, interior, and underneath, speaks to that.

Overall, there’s a whole lot to like about this car. It’s not concours-level clean, but it’s surely show-worthy. Silver over black leather is not only perfectly suited to the car’s elegant, sophisticated syling, but it’s also very rare on these cars. As I mentioned earlier, there were only roughly 500 130 Coupes ever produced with manual transmissions, and who knows how many of those are left. In the United States, it’s surely one of only a handful.

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Chicago, Illinois
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