One of two large coupés styled by Pininfarina in the 1970s, the other being the Rolls-Royce Camargue, the FIAT 130 Coupé was arguably the more successful design. Based on the 130 saloon that had appeared two years previously, FIAT’s flagship coupé was introduced in 1971 with UK deliveries commencing the following year. A two-door four-seater, the 130 Coupé used only the larger (3.2-litre) of the saloon’s two overhead-cam V6 engine options while retaining the latter’s all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Producing a maximum of 165bhp, the engine was a development of the Ferrari-designed unit found in the FIAT Dino, but with single-cam cylinder heads and belt-driven valve gear rather than the Dino’s chain-driven twin camshafts. Borg Warner three-speed automatic or ZF five-speed manual were the transmission options, while power assistance for the steering came as standard. Top speed of this elegant and luxurious Gran Turismo was 118mph (manual) or 115mph (auto). Production of the 130 Coupé ended in 1977 after 4,491 had been built, only some 500-or-so of which were right-hand drive models.
First registered in the Netherlands on 12th January 1974, this left-hand drive example is finished in silver with grey cloth interior trim and has the automatic transmission option. We are advised by the vendor that the car has had only three owners from new, being registered in the UK on 1st January 2016 to its last owner in the Netherlands. Described by the vendor as being in generally very good condition, the car benefits from refurbished alloy wheels, re-trimmed boot area, and a completely new exhaust system. The car is in excellent overall condition
This is an exciting opportunity to acquire one of these rarely seen Pininfarina classics, it is offered with its old Netherlands registration papers, MoT to August 2017, and a V5C registration document.