1974 Fiat 130 coupe - today's tempter

By: Unique Cars magazine


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Good handling Italian classic

The Pininfarina-designed Fiat 130 coupe is one of those cars that seems to grow on people, thanks to a combination of classic clean lines and surprisingly good road manners for what is a relatively big car.

In our feature on the model, an owner commented: "The 130 steered beautifully and always felt balanced. 'Seldom have we encountered such excellent handling in a car of this size,' said Autocar in a road test of the 2.9-litre 130 sedan in its 20 March 1969 edition. It is said that a good big car shrinks around you and that was how the Fiat behaved when pushed hard, as both Bob Holden and I did that day."

This example is said to be one of just 513 right-hand-drive examples made and to have undergone an extensive list of work.

Running a 3.2lt V6 engine and Borg Warner three-speed auto transmission, it’s with the Healey Factory in Melbourne at $40,000.

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