Fiat 130 Berlina- 1971

Fiat 130 Berlina - 1971

The Fiat 130 is a large six cylinder executive car produced by Italian car manufacturer Fiat from 1969 to 1977. It was available as a4-door saloon and as a 2-door coupé.

These cars were improved in 1971, taking on board some Paolo Martin innovations conceived for the Coupé. The steering column, the dashboard, the central console and the ventilation are identical to the Coupé. The seats, the steering wheel and the door panels were improved, but differently from the Coupé. One can say the 1971 “B” version from 1971 is significantly more refined than the “A” version dating from 1969. Retrospectively, if one compares the 130 with big BMW and Mercedes sedans, the Fiat 130 Berlina type “B” may be the winner in terms of interior design and some comfort elements. But if one is considering the dynamic elements like power and ride comfort, the Fiat 130 type “B” is still lagging as the engine is not blessed with fuel injection, the engine does not have hydraulic self-adjusting valves, and the engine is simply not powerful enough. All this combines with a worryingly high fuel consumption. And this lack of dash and lack of efficiency are not compensated for with an extra smooth ride.

Practical advice
It’s a fascinating sedan, comfortable, characterized by its iconic lines that capture every angle of its creative features. Accessibility is very good , all the seats are confortable like an Italian sofà. Steering is not servo-assisted and requires a bit ‘of practice for successful maneuvering, especially when the vehicle is standing. The gear box is automatic , and easy to drive. The car is equipped with front and rear disc brakes, with the additional feature of servo assisted braking system.

Luggage advice
This car has a great load capacity within the rear trunk area. Above the spare wheel and safety/emergency equipment, there is
enough space for two cabin trolley bags or even a hold luggage

Year of production: 1971

Engine: 2.800 cc

Power: 160 cv

Transmission: automatic

5 seats