Friday, January 2, 2015

2k: Simmer And Serve: 1980 Fiat X1/9

 People write the best stuff in craigslist advertisements.  Take this 1980 Fiat X1/9 offered for $2,695 here on craigslist, located in Council Bluffs, IA.  The seller calls the X1/9 "reduced."  Just how do you reduce a Fiat anyway?  Simmer it in the heat of a mid-western summers with annual salt baths during the winter months and it'll soon be thickened into a nice sauce.  Tip from Gerald.

The Fiat X1/9 was designed by Marcello Gandini (Alfa Montreal; Bugatti EB110; BMW e12 5-series concept, Ferrari Dino 308GT4; Lamborghini Countach, Diablo, Espada, Jarama, Miurar & Urraco; Lancia Stratos; Maserati Khamsin, Ghibli II, Quattroporte) of Italian design house Gruppo Bertone, and manufactured by Fiat from 1972-1982.  Bertone took production in house in 1982 and produced another 20,000 X1/9s (on top of the 140k produced by Fiat) through 1989. 

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.  However, the X1/9 is a light car and with a sub 2000 lb curb weight, 0-60 will pass in 10 seconds and you might be able to reach the advertised top speed of 112 mph with a really long stretch of tarmac.

Ask anybody who owns an X1/9 and they will tell you the best part about the car is being able to drive at 9/10ths while everyone else on the road is just cruising around.  Want to beat that old man in a Plymouth PT Cruiser to the freeway on-ramp?  Yer gonna need ever ounce of the little engine behind you and don't forget to drop the clutch.

 See a better slow car for driving fast?


  1. That heap is near-LeMonsy, and the current ask is crack pipey.

  2. Certainly looks worthy of being saved, and returned to proper use (i.e. as a sports car). More info about rust would be helpful (no, "critical") before I would consider a 20 hour trip to bring it back.

    The X1/9 has been on my list since the first time I read an article about them in college. I swore I was going to buy one when I graduated and got a job, but things never worked out that way. If this was local, it would be near-impossible for me not to scratch that 40-year-old itch.

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    Here is an EV conversion using lead acid batteries, so pretty mile compared to what you could do with the new goodies.

    Here is a slightly more oddball K20 based conversion.

    Either way, unique interesting cars with few followers in America are pretty interesting because people don't get upset when they see absurd engine swaps.

  5. Fabulous car. I'd own this in a second and would drive it only in good weather. X1/9s are super fun to drive, it almost should be a crime. If you don't like the performance specs and the hassles of owning this particular Italian sports car model, buy an MR2 instead. I like <a href =">this color combo better</a>, though. These used to be a dime a dozen, now they're getting harder and harder to locate in decent, drivable condition.


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