The Fiat X1/9 was designed by noted Italian design house Gruppo Bertone, and manufactured by Fiat from 1972-1982, and similarly to the Fiat 2000 Spider, it was subsequently manufactured by its designer from 1982-1989. This 1979 Fiat X1/9 is claimed to be a 2 owner car with only 38k miles on it and is offered for sale in Dayton, OH for $6500 via ebay.
No one will ever accuse the X1/9 of being a fast car – the only thing fast about one is the rate at which tin worms devour the medium-rare Italian sheet metal. But it does look the part of a 70s sporty two-seater, even with the later big US spec shopping cart style bumpers. The X1/9 name may sound like something flown by Chuck Yeager and developed by NACA (not NASA – but its low-drag duct designing predecessor the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), but it was a designation based on internal prototyping nomenclature from Fiat and the name stuck. At least the X1/9 is a bit more sleek than Glamorous Glennis.
The X1/9 is not powered by liquid rocket propellant – but its pushed around (albeit slowly) by a Fiat 1.5 liter inline 4 cylinder SOHC engine putting out 85 horsepower and about 87 ft-lbs of torque. Luckly the X1/9 is a light car – about 2000 lbs – but performance is still ‘Prius like’ at 0-60 in 10 seconds and top speed of 112 mph…when new.
This Fiat has a fairly nice condition interior (gotta wonder what kind of the condition the steering wheel is under the classic 90s thick steering wheel wrap). Of particular note is the manual trans shifter that looks more like a police station CB mike.
Although it looks good in the wide angle shots, this Fiat does have some rust and minor imperfections in various panels – especially concerning is the rust around the windshield – gotta wonder how deep that gold mine goes into the ground…
Let the buyer beware / caveat emptor / sia il compratore guardarsi!
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