Scaled Down Supercar: 51k-Mile 1977 Fiat X1/9

  • March 23, 2021
The Rundown
  • Sound California-Based Example
  • 51k Original Miles Reported
  • Renowned Bertone Design Statement
  • Excellent Mid-Engine Handling
  • 1,300cc, 75bhp 4-Cylinder Engine
  • 4-Speed Manual Gearbox
  • Ferrari/Lamborghini Style at a Fraction of the Cost
Why We Like It

Launched for European sale in 1972, Fiat’s X1/9 was designed by renowned Italian design and coachbuilding firm Bertone with modern, angular styling, a removable Targa style roof, and mid-mounted 1,300cc 4-cylinder engine. While acceleration from the 75hp engine was quite leisurely, the X1/9 could almost hit 100 mph. The car’ true forte, however, was its excellent handling and driving experience, not to mention its styling, quite similar to that of Bertone’s original Ferrari 308 GT4 and Lamborghini Urraco of the period. A displacement boost to 1.5L came by 1979, and after 1984 Bertone took over production of the X1/9 entirely.

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scaled-down-supercar-51k-mile-1977-fiat-x1-900W0W 8vfG2ZplWEJz 0pO0ew 1200x900This first-generation Fiat X1/9 from 1977 is a very nicely preserved example that benefits from an extended period of storage during the 1990s which came about due to an owner having removed the required California emissions equipment. It has since been fully replaced with just 51k miles on the odometer by the next owner with (a Fiat parts specialist), who bought the car and returned it to the road. Subsequent upgrades are comprehensive, including new paint and mechanical enhancements, resulting in a great-looking and issue-free X1/9 that delivers an excellent driving experience with smooth gear changes and outstanding handling.

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Valuation Verdict

While some enthusiasts prefer the second-generation models, there’s something so tight about this high-quality earlier car, which obviously benefits from knowledgeable and attentive enthusiast owners. Take a look at the online sale ad for this low-mile X1/9 and see all the choice upgrades and updates made to this wonderfully preserved and maintained example. In our opinion, it offers excellent value at the seller’s asking price, which makes this cool, fairly priced, Bertone-designed Fiat X1/9 ‘$10k All Day’!

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