Fiat just makes affordable people's cars and the occasional roadster, right? Well, in the 1960s and 1970s, the Italian automotive giant made a few attempts at grand tourers that were pretty stunning. Some of you might be familiar with thanks to its Ferrari-designed V6, but is equally cool.
Based on the nice, if frumpy-looking large 130 Sedan, the 130 Coupe made its debut in 1972 to compete with the BMW 3.0 CS and the Mercedes 280CE. Its elegant styling came from Paulo Martin at Pininfarina—who penned the equally great Rolls-Royce Camaruge and the Ferrari Modulo concept—and its engine was designed by Aurelio Lampredi, formerly of Ferrari. It's a 3.2-liter, quad-cam V6 that made around 165 horsepower when new, and .
This particular car has two desirable options—a leather interior and a five-speed dogleg (!) manual gearbox. It's finished in its original exterior color, Indianapolis Silver, and it looks like it's in great shape inside and out. We'd replace the newer Sony head unit for something more old-school, but otherwise, we'd leave everything as-is.
It's estimated that Fiat and Pininfarina built before production ended in 1977, and none came to the US. That makes a clean, manual-transmission example in the States a pretty special find.
Chicago dealer Evolve Motors has this car . Considering cars like the BMW 3.0 CS routinely sell for double that, this seems like a pretty good value to us. And really, you probably need some style in your life. This Fiat will provide.