Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
The Fiat 130 is a large executive car which was available as a saloon or coupé.
The saloon was launched at the 39th Geneva Motor Show in March 1969, replacing the previous largest and most exclusive Fiat saloon, the Fiat 2300. It was a thoroughly modern car, with four-wheel independent suspension (torsion bars in the front and coil springs in the rear), standard power steering and four-wheel disc brakes, and was the first Fiat to adopt an alternator instead of a direct-current generator. Production of the saloon finished in 1976, with 15,093 produced
The Coupé, based on the same platform, was introduced in March 1971. It was designed and built by Pininfarina, and significantly different in style, including a separate interior design (adopted in the saloon when it was upgraded to the 130B version which also featured the Coupé's enlarged 3235 cc V6). Even more luxurious, it featured a button-operated mechanism allowing the driver to open the passenger-side door. In addition to this model, there were two one-off variations built, a 2-door estate and a 4-door saloon known as the opera. The Coupé continued until the following year, and production ended with 4,294 built in total.
The Fiat 130 Saloon type "A" was launched in 1969, with the 2866 cc 140 bhp (104 kW; 142 PS) engine. The press soon concluded that the 140 bhp (104 kW; 142 PS) was insufficient in view of the weight of about 1,600 kg (3,527 lb), hence the Fiat 130 berlina type "A" did not compete with the big BMW and Mercedes sedans. Interior design was not ambitious, with rectangular dials in the dashboard, a black plastic centre console and black plastic everywhere.
The 130 Coupé identified as type "BC" on the chassis appeared in 1971 at The Geneva Motor Show. They exhibited a completely new 2-door body and a completely new interior entirely designed by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina. The car won a design prize, attributed to Pininfarina, and this helped Pininfarina begin a new life after all those years relying on the "Fiat 1800/Peugeot 404/Austin A60" concepts. Pininfarina extended the Fiat 130 Coupé line with two proposals that were rejected by Fiat : the Maremma in 1974 (2-door shooting break) and the Opera in 1975 (4-door saloon). Paolo Martin never got involved in these Fiat 130 Coupé variations, as he left the company soon after the design prize in 1971.
The seats were shaped and designed by Paolo Martin with the collaboration of Giovanni Gottin, a specialist established in Turin. The dashboard was redesigned with sporty round dials, using white needles.
The central console was redesigned by Paolo Martin, featuring wooden veneer, a row of switches and soft illumination throughout using state of the art fibre optics. The steering column is adjustable for rake and reach. The driver's seat has a degree of height adjustment.
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|112 mph||11.4 s|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|517||Fiat 130 (1976)||Bonhams||12 Nov 2003||Not sold|
|055||Fiat 130 (1973)||BCA||2 Jun 2003||-||£2568.00|
|067||Fiat 130 (1973)||Brooks||28 Oct 1993||£1400.00||-|
Our Cars - 1972 Fiat 130 Saloon, 1971 Lancia Flavia Coupť
|Publication||Classic Cars April 2004|
|Our Cars - Trials and tribulations of the Classic Cars team and the cars we live in - 1972 Fiat 130 Saloon, 1971 Lancia FLavia Coupť - Buckley's car-less, but for how long?|
Group Test, The Ministers of Transport
|Publication||Practical Classics April 2004|
|Six diplomatic cruisers from six countries get together for a heavyweight conference. Chaika GAZ 13, CitroŽn DS 23 Chapron, Toyota Century, fiat 130 Saloon, Daimler Majestic Major, Mercedes 600|
Our Cars - 1972 Fiat 130 Saloon, 1968 Maserati Quattroporte
|Publication||Classic Cars March 2004|
|Trials and tribulations of the Classic Cars† team and the cars we live with. Our Cars - 1972 Fiat 130 Saloon, 1968 Maserati Quattroporte|
Our Cars - 1972 Fiat 130 Saloon
|Publication||Classic Cars January 2004|
|Our Cars. Trials and tribulations of the Classic Cars† and the cars we live with. 1972 Fiat 130 Saloon|
|Publication||Classic Cars September 2003|
|Our Cars - 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0-Litre-Phil Bell. 1985 Fiat 124 Spider-Ben Field. 1972 Fiat 130 Saloon-Martin Buckley. 1969 Triumph Vitesse, 1967 Jaguar 420-Malcolm McKay.|
Classic Cars July 2001 pg 104
|Publication||Classic Cars July 2001|
|Fiat 131 Abarth Rallye. The story of the staid family saloon turned world championship-winning stormer. Despite great success in rallying, this is one of a handful of survivors in the country.|
Field Of Dreams
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car April 2005|
|Field Of Dreams - Martin Buckley canít believe his luck, comparing a quartet of the best luxobarges from the early í70s: BMW 3.0 Si, Mercedes-Benz 350SE, Fiat 130 and Opel Diplomat.|
Classic & Sports Car November 2003 pg 160
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car November 2003|
|Our Classics - Journalists offer views and updates on their cars|
Classics January 2003 pg 86
|Publication||Classics January 2003|
|Maintenance guide: Fiat 124 Spider. Kim Henson gets grubby with a cute Italian for a step-by-step service guide.|
Classic & Sports Car September 2001 pg 152
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car September 2001|
|Buyer's Guide - Fiat 124 Sport Coupe - Buyer's guide to the pretty four-seater.|