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1975 FIAT 132 GLS

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1975 FIAT 132 GLS

Background

Designed as a replacement for the Fiat 125, the 132 was released in 1972 and fitted with a revy 1600cc or 1800cc twin cam engine as standard, with a 5-speed manual gearbox, and a 3-speed automatic as a listed option. The Fiat was designed as a rival to the British and Japanese markets to tempt buyers into the world of a sports saloon that was also suitable as a family car.

In 1974, after receiving some criticisms towards the handling of the 132, some improvements were made to the front suspension. The motoring world commended the improved handling which helped the sales of the Fiat.

The car has been fitted with a large choice of engines over the years. The one we have here is the 1,600 cc which produces 97 bhp. There was also the 1,800 cc and three versions of the 2,000 cc, one with fuel injection and one diesel, and finally the 2,500 cc diesel with 72 bhp. Bringing the Fiat to a halt was a dual circuit braking system, (quite advanced for the time). There were single speed wipers with an intermittent setting for light rain, and to top it off, the heaters worked a treat, perfect for the winter months.

The Vehicle

This Fiat 132 GLS is somewhat of a rare find to say the least. Good enough to put into a motor museum with just 20,499 Kilometers from new!

The 132 GLS is a one owner car. Yes you read, right, a one owner car from 1975, which was purchased by a farmer living in Ivrea, near Turin. He is now 80 years old and decided to part with the Fiat after it had been sitting unused, in dry storage on his farm for many years .

The car has been sent to a dealer who has fully recommissioned the Fiat to ensure it’s ready for the new owner. This is probably as close as you will get to owning a nearly new Fiat 132 from 1975, which is still wearing the original paint and with the original interior.

On the Outside

The Fiat is finished in the original paint colour, arancio scuro (dark orange), which as you would expect for just over 20,000 Kilometres, is still in excellent condition.

Starting at the front, and the chrome bumper is in excellent condition with no signs of any pitting. The grille and headlights are all as you would expect for the mileage, and the bonnet aligns just as it should.

Around to the sides, and the door gaps align nice and even to all the edges. The chrome trim around the wheel arches and swage line is all free from any knocks or dents. The windows are free from any scratches which we could see, and the chrome trim is all in good condition, with no signs of shrinkage to the rubbers. The door mirror and door handles are nice and bright with just some minimal, very light scratches.

The rear is the same as the rest of the car, excellent!! There are no splits in the light clusters and the chrome bumper is in excellent order. The Fiat 132 GLS badge is in good order and shows no signs of pitting.

The wheels are steel with a chrome Fiat hubcap finishing them off nicely. After 46 years, it's safe to say the tyres were shot from age. These have now been replaced during the recommissioning, to ensure that the new owner has a safe trip.

There are a couple of points to mention. The bonnet, front right hand door and the edge of the boot each have a small dent from the years in storage. These do look like they could be removed by a paintless dent removal specialist, but this would need confirming by a said specialist.

On the Inside

Inside of the 132 is just like taking a trip back to 1975, the brown material interior is in excellent condition throughout. As the car has been stored inside, it has escaped any sun damage like cracking to the dashboard or fading of the seats and carpets.

Sitting in the driver’s seat, the dashboard is finished in black with a wood fascia that is in excellent order. The instruments are all reported to be working correctly and, as expected, these are also in excellent condition with no corrosion around the bezels. The odometer has a reading of 20,499 kilometres (12,737 miles). With mileage like this you can imagine everything is just as you would expect and you wouldn't be wrong.

The seats, carpets, door cards, and headlining are all amazing. Often on classic cars you can get rust spots on the headlining where moisture has dripped from the roof to the headlining, not on this car, it is like new. The Fiat has never had a radio installed and so just has the original blanking plate. Everything is reported to be working as it should, including the heater.

Inside the boot is just like new, with the original vinyl floor in place showing the embossed Fiat 132 logo. This is one thing that has discoloured slightly. Under this is the spare wheel and jack, and the complete original tool kit.

Underneath

This is where the Fiat has had some recommissioning work carried out to ensure everything is as it should be.

The work started out with the replacement of all the fluids and filters, followed by the replacement of the timing and fan belt. This work was obviously carried out before any attempt to start the car was made. A set of spark plugs, carburettor overhaul with a new fuel line and fuel pump were fitted. Now running, the final pieces of the recommissioning were the replacement of the front suspension bushes and ball joints, and a brake overhaul, including new brake hoses.

The Fiat starts up and runs just as you would expect for a 20,499 kilometer car, like new. The drive is as you would expect, with just a slight noise coming from the rear shock absorbers, (not a difficult job to carry out). The gear change is nice and smooth and the car is reported to pull well through the gears.

The engine bay is beautifully presented, making it that extra bit special knowing it's in the original condition. The same can be said for the underside of the car, and all the door shuts. Everything is as you would expect with the mileage shown.

History Highlights

An unrestored 1975 Fiat 132 GLS with 20,499 kilometers, owned by the same owner from new, and stored inside for many many years.

The car has the original factory decals, including the running-in decal on the windscreen and a dealer licence holder is in place. Obviously, the car comes with two keys and also the owner’s handbook in the Fiat wallet.

What We Think

What a chance to own such a low mileage 1975, one owner car. Cars like this, which have stood in time, are quite hard to find, but finding one in such original condition is an amazing opportunity for any collector or classic enthusiast to add to their collection.

The Fiat is back and ready for new custodian to show it the light of day again. Will you be the one?

We estimate that this stunning unrestored Fiat 132 GLS will bring in the region of €10,000 - €20,000.

Viewing is always encouraged, within Govt. guidelines of course, and as stated this car is located in Udine, Italy; and to arrange an appointment please use the ‘Contact Seller’ button at the top of the listing to make an appointment. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

If needed, please remember we have a network of suppliers we work with regularly including: Classic & Sportscar Finance for purchase-financing, Footman James for classic car insurance, Classic Concierge for storing your car plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping.  

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  • Location: Udine, Italy
  • Odometer Reading: 20000Km
  • Chassis Number: 0194436
  • Engine: 1600
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Steering position: LHD
  • Colour: orange
  • Interior: brown/cloth
  • Estimated Price: €10,000 - €20,000

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