By on May 4, 2011


Nobody rescued the low-mile ’66 Coronet from its date with The Crusher (though as far as I know it’s still alive), but now we’ve got a new Put Up Or Shut Up Challenge!

When was the last time you saw a car with “Climatizzata” badges? Not many 131s were sold in North America (the later ones were badged as Bravas), and this is a complete, rust-free example of that rare Italian steed. Its history? Ran when parked.

OK, a semi-orphaned Malaise Era Italian car that’s been sitting for years sounds challenging. But just look at what it could be!

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9 Comments on “Put Up Or Shut Up Challenge: Fiat 131S Mirafiori Climatizzata...”


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    dignotov

    Sweet! I learned how to drive in a 1976 131S Mirafiori 5sp with that 8 ball shifter. Me mom bought it brand spanking new I think for around $4K. Wasn’t a Climatizzata though. Car was great fun until it started returning to elements from which it came in salty NE Ohio. I do not recall it needing to go to the shop more than other cars of the time.

  • avatar
    dignotov

    Sweet! I learned how to drive in a 1976 131S Mirafiori 5sp with that 8 ball shifter. Me mom bought it brand spanking new I think for around $4K. Wasn’t a Climatizzata though. Car was great fun until it started returning to elements from which it came in salty NE Ohio. I do not recall it needing to go to the shop more than other cars of the time. Later in the early 80’s I was with the USAF in Germany and had a 127 and a 128. Fun cars as well except on the Autobahn.

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    I somehow ended up with one of those shift knobs from my dad’s old 124 Sport coupe…which I put on a SuperSplit log splitter, which was sold, then burned in a garage fire. Always liked that shifter.

    I sent a message to a rally friend out in Colorado…we’ll see what he thinks…

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    42fordtrucks

    I also learned to drive in a 131, the 2 door version in a similar yellow. It too dissolved in New England salt. We eventually sold it for almost nothing to a friends mom that was desperate for a car. Driving it one day the seat went through the floor. Some plywood, and it eked out another year or so. This is one of the most fun cars I have ever driven.

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    Very cool. If it was local I’d consider but its not a car I’d travel hours for.

  • avatar
    Uncle Mellow

    I haven’t seen a rust-free Mirafiori in 40+ years, and I haven’t even seen a rusty one since about 1985.

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    CJinSD

    Doesn’t climatizzata just mean that this car contains a rare Italian attempt at air conditioning? Someone should snap up this car and use it to win the IOE with an $8,000 racing engine and $2,000 adjustable shocks. Competitive people are spending the money anyway. How often can they get away with it in a car that has components shared with top tier European factory racing cars?

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    Price or location?

  • avatar
    Dino

    I bought a 131s Mirafiori with 12k miles on it (I think a ’74?). It was champagne yellow (sounds terrible but looked quite good), 2 dr. auto with yes Climatizzata. It also had this brown vinyl upholstery that really looked like leather (it fooled several people). I bought it from a Sales Mgr. at a Pontiac/Buick dealership. He was selling it for his brother who used the Fiat as a 2nd car (their fist car being a Benz) The 131s was roomy, got decent gas mileage and also handled fairly well. It was one car that loved tune-ups. It was truly a Jekyll and Hyde experience. It would be running like crap but after the tune-up – fantastico! what a difference! The engine loved to rev. I also liked the upright seating position. The outward vision to this day was amongst the best I’ve ever experienced. Very much like the BMW 2002 I got later on. It was actually quite reliable, not bullet proof but pretty good. I sold it when it had 75 k miles. Other than normal wear & tear items (tires, plugs, belts etc.) I only replaced a water pump and a A/C hose.

    One other thing. I had the catalytic converter removed by a less than scrupulous muffler shop. That was a magical day in the car’s history. It ran much better, and got much better gas mileage to boot.


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