15k: 1973 Moretti 128
Casual mention of the name Moretti conjures images of bar rooms and hop infused beverages – not open air motoring. Fortunately for petrol lovers the Moretti we are discussing today is a Turin based coach builder. This 1973 Moretti 128 uses Fiat mechanicals and is for sale in Villeneuve, Switzerland for ebay buy-it-now price of $17,000 USD.
Fiat produced approximately 3 million copies of the 128 from 1969 to 1985 – none of them particularly beautiful. To remedy the blight of Fiats on the public -the Torinese coachbuilder Moretti (not to be confused with the Birra Moretti) built a sleek convertible (ok – its more of a targa) body on top of the simple Fiat 128 chassis.
There is nothing hopped up with the Moretti version of the Fiat 128 – it is powered by the same 1.1 liter inline 4 putting out 54 horsepower and 54 ft-lbs of torque. Fortunately the Moretti only weighs 1700 lbs, so the performance should be on par with a roman chariot – enough to out drag a double-decker bus full of tourists. At least you won’t have to worry about getting a ticket from any of the thousands of speed cameras littering Switzerland.
Inside you will be treated to fine Italian leather, heavy unassisted power steering, a spindly shifter with truck length throws and plastic switches that will break off in your hands. Own a 70s Italian car for more than a few days and you will learn to curse in Italian. But driving one is akin to the gelato version of ice cream – its smaller, lighter and much more sweet.
Overall the car looks to be in great condition in the wide angle long distance photos – and for all we know the underside could look like Swiss cheese. But for a car that numbers in the 1 of 100 range this is a really good price, so we’d be willing to hop on a plane and take a look.
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~ an extremely beautiful shape, i've been sneaking back to catch another glimpse of this Moretti for the several weeks it has been on eBay. i'm surprised it hasn't sold at the buy-it-now and can only presume it is because it's located in Bern. vacation in the Alps, anyone?