Bertone Targa: 1979 Fiat X1/9

The Fiat X1/9 is one of those cars that love it or hate it…wait, what am I saying?  You can’t possibly hate the X1/9 — it is such a underdog, such a classic success story, that you can’t hold ill feelings towards it in the least.  Find this 1973 Fiat X1/9 here on eBay bidding for $2,200 reserve-not-met with $4,250 buy-it-now, located in Spring, TX.

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 124 / 2000 Spider, it was subsequently manufactured by its designer from 1982-1989.   This is one from the Fiat days, but it has only 42k miles on it, an owner who drove infrequently, or a car that spend much of its time in the shop?

The X1/9 is 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.

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