Garage Found: 1982 Fiat X1/9

The Bertone designed (and built) Fiat X1/9 was released in 1972 and can best be described as a competitor to the contemporary Porsche 914.  The X1/9 uses a mid-engine layout with a small 4-cylinder engine, t-tops, and angular styling, but the little Fiat feels much more like a toy.  Find this 1982 Fiat X1/9 here on eBay bidding for $3050 with 1 day to go, located in Churchville, NY.

Driving a 914 in modern traffic can be a stressful experience, but the X1/9 really requires your full concentration to keep up with housewives in minivans.  When first released the X1/9 took 15 seconds to hit 60mph and 20 seconds to reach 1320 feet — and while this is a later model with the larger 1.5 liter engine, don’t expect it to accelerate like a Corvette.

The X1/9 is powered by a  Fiat 1.5 liter inline 4 cylinder SOHC engine putting out 85 horsepower
and about 87 ft-lbs of torque – up a considerable amount from the early 1.3 liter examples.  Thanks in part to a low curb weight, the later X1/9 could hit 60mph in 10 seconds, but the real fun happens in the twisty parts.

The best part about driving an X1/9 on the street today is that you can drive the car at 9/10ths and everyone else is unaware.  Police can’t give you a speeding ticket if your car can barely reach the speed limit, and you’ll need to use every available RPM to merge on the freeway.

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