Friday, October 23, 2015

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.

 See a better low mile X1/9 for cheap?


  1. Wow. This was my first car. Orange and everything. It was $600 with no rust and 40k miles in 1992.

  2. Hmmm, I think someone got a decent deal at $4610. I was so taken with the X1/9 when it first came out, but (luckily?) I was a broke college student at the time. By the time I was employed, my car needs had evolved to preclude a two-seat sports car.

    If I had spotted this one yesterday morning instead of this morning (post auction) I might have been tempted to throw in a bid, just for old times.....

  3. Many of these have become donor cars for Hawk HF, a Lancia Stratos clone.


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