Bang The Drums Slowly: 1979 Fiat X1/9

I know that a Fiat X1/9 has something like 70 horsepower…but it is a mid-engine Italian car and today’s example has one of the sweetest sets of wheels I’ve ever had the opportunity to put my eyes on. So if your idea of a perfect Sunday drive involves driving like a Sunday driver…then this is a good bet. Find this 1979 Fiat X1/9 offered for $5000 in Burlingame, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1979 Fiat X1/9
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 102000
odometer rolled over
paint color: silver
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
1979 Fiat X1/9

Drives great, smogged yesterday, clean title.

Car was in storage and was barely running when I purchased it and spent quite a lot of time and money to get it mechanically sound and running consistently without issue. I have receipts dating back several years showing all the work that has been done (it’s a lot). Car was worked on by a mechanic who has intimate knowledge of the car having owned several himself. The car has been gone through. Mileage is 102k and yes the odometer has turned over. I’ve owned the car since 97k miles and based on the receipts I have of repairs done by the previous owner I have no reason to believe that it was incorrect. I drove the car to LA and back without any issue and drove the car fair regularly as a weekend ride all throughout last year. She is not a show queen, but she is a great driver.

The interior is actually in pretty decent shape for a car of this age but it could use new seats and carpet.

The speedometer and fuel gauge recently died unfortunately. They were already somewhat problematic when I bought the car but I just dealt with it because they were still working. I decided not to change the speedometer because the odometer is still working and I didn’t want there to be any questions about the legitimacy of the mileage. I will also provide the buyer with a full tank of gas due to this fact.

It is also missing a door key. These cars came with separate door and ignition keys and I have the original of the latter. The previous owner misplaced the door key and I meant to get a new one but time passed and I just never got around to it. It is easy (and inexpensive) to get one made though and I can put you in touch with someone who can have one made for you.

The main reason for selling is I’m getting ready to move back up to the northern california coast and for all the work that has been put into it, I feel that it really deserves to be driven. One last thing worth mentioning I think is that under my ownership I have really taken care of the car as best as I could have.

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