What Can Brown Do For You? 1977 Fiat X1/9
This next seller is asking a bucket full of cash for a Fiat X1/9, but to be honest I’m not 100% up-to-date with X1/9 pricing. These could be the next hot thing at all of the collector car auctions, but I do know that it’s got some wicked brown paint. And those bumper fangs are like bell-bottoms on a car. But the interior looks great and if all the gauges/electrics work, this could be a good little driver. Find this 1977 Fiat X1/9 offered for $8999 in Moorpark, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
1977 Fiat X1/9
cylinders: 4 cylinders
paint color: brown
title status: clean
1977 Fiat X1/9. This unmolested example was put into storage in the early ’90s because the smog equipment was removed and could not be registered in California. Fast forward to the early 2000s and the car was acquired by a Fiat parts specialist that replaced all the missing equipment and proceeded to make the car legal and road worthy again. It was subsequently sold and further improvements were undertaken including:
· New poly suspension bushings
· New KYB gas struts on all four corners
· Mark Plaia “Bigfoot” upper strut top reinforcement plates and upper strut mounts
· Completely refurbished braking system
· Cromadora CD-91 5×13 wheels
· New Clutch
· Fresh MTL 90 transaxle fluid
· New drive axle boots
· New timing and drive belts
· New water pump
· All fuel hoses
· Fuel filler neck hose
· New electric fuel pump
· New ignition switch
· New radiator hoses
· Body refinished in original factory paint code 761
· 5 MPH “Cowcatcher” bumpers replaced with Midwest-Bayless bumper block kit
· Completely reupholstered seats
The car has:
· 51,710 ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA miles
· It’s original UNCRACKED and UNCUT dash
· Original door cards and rear vinyl bulkhead trim
· Original “cornrow” carpeting
· Original Fiat logo retractable seat belts
· Zero electrical gremlins – everything operates as designed including the horn
· All original body panels including floors.
· 99.9% rust free (there might be something somewhere, but nothing I’ve ever been able to find in the years I’ve owned it)
While no 43 year old is perfect, this one is about as close as you will ever find. The car is rust-free and absolutely drives as new. The transaxle has ZERO issues like almost all early X1/9s do; no notchy shifting, no 2-3 shift grinding or reverse shifting issues. It runs, drives, and stops like a Swiss watch. It is truly a remarkable example and one of very, very few examples that remain in this condition. It needs nothing to be enjoyed but a new driver; however, although the tire tread is good, they are an older date code and should be replaced before any long distance travel.
This comes with a CLEAN / CLEAR CALIFORNIA TITLE IN MY NAME, and the title matches the VIN plates and the stamped VIN in the forward bulkhead. It is currently registered and insured so there are no back fees due.
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Very nice. I’ve been watching a Bertone on CL for a little while. It’s half the price of this one but has more needs.
Smog requirements are clearly the X1/9s greatest nemesis (other than rust), especially in California.