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Fiat 130 Opera

The Fiat 130 Opera, the sedan version of Fiat’s flagship coupé.

Vehicle Overview

The Fiat 130 Opera reached its pinnacle of recognition when it was showcased at the 1974 Paris Motor Show. Visitors unanimously hailed the one-off proposal by Pininfarina as the most elegant car at the event. This unique model was a sedan version of the Fiat 130 coupé, originally designed by Paolo Martin, featuring four doors and a slightly higher roof. These modifications aimed to create a sedan that could replace the outdated Fiat 130 sedan from 1969. While the design of the Fiat 130 Opera clearly drew from Martin’s original coupé, Martin himself confirmed that he was not directly involved in the sedan’s design. Despite this, the influence of his style was unmistakable. Pininfarina exhibited the Fiat 130 Opera not only at the Paris Motor Show but also at the Turin Motor Show in the same year. The car’s sleek lines and sophisticated styling garnered significant attention and admiration. Unfortunately, Fiat decided against pursuing mass production of the Fiat 130 Opera. Thus, the vehicle remained a one-off styling concept, never transitioning from showpiece to production model. This decision mirrored a similar situation with another Pininfarina project, the Lancia Gamma Scala. The Gamma Scala, which also stemmed from a coupé-based design intended to replace its series sedan counterpart, similarly failed to move beyond the concept stage. The Fiat 130 Opera’s fate as a solitary prototype highlights the often-precarious journey from innovative concept to mass production. Despite the acclaim and the clear potential seen by automotive enthusiasts and critics alike, practical considerations and market strategies ultimately dictate which designs reach consumers. The Fiat 130 Opera, with its refined elegance and homage to Paolo Martin’s original coupé design, remains a testament to Pininfarina’s visionary approach and the complex dynamics of automotive design and production.

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    1975
  • Make
    Fiat
  • Model
    130 Berlina
  • Coachbuilder
    Pininfarina
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