Until the arrival of the Fiat X1/9 in 1972, mid-engined sports cars were exotic and unattainable for anyone of modest means. The Fiat X1/9 is a two-seater with a transverse engine and gearbox in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive configuration, noted for its excellent handling and lightweight, removable hardtop.
Designed by Bertone and manufactured by Fiat from 1972, in 1982, shortly after the introduction of the 1500cc model, complete production was assumed by Bertone with models from this point forward being badged as the Bertone X1/9.
The last recorded keeper bought this car in 2008 with a mileage of 85,000 and since this time the car remained in long-term storage until recently when it has been recommissioned and thoroughly serviced in preparation for auction.
The coolant hoses have all been replaced with the radiator being flushed and refilled with coolant, the clutch master and slave cylinders have been replaced and the brakes completely renewed with new master cylinder, calipers, discs, pads and brake lines. The car has also had a full oil service, new tyres, new battery and new spark plugs with new distributor cap and plug leads have also been fitted.
The current MOT expires 22nd August 2022.
The V5 is present showing 7 previous owners and there are a few MOTs and receipts for repairs and servicing done in 2008 and 2021. The car comes with one set of keys.
On first sight the interior, although complete, is somewhat shabby and could do with a good clean and some light renovation work to bring it up to a better standard. The door cards in particular need some repair and TLC with the driver’s door interior handle and armrest needing to be fixed and the scuffed material needing attention. It also should be noted that both electric windows and the heater fan are not currently working.
Otherwise the general interior is as you would expect on a car of this age and mileage with the driver’s seat bolster showing some wear which can easily be addressed but the instrument binnacle and dashboard is free from cracks and any damage.
The original carpet is showing signs of use and wear but overall they are not too bad. The spare wheel is housed behind the driver’s seat where there is also a small hole in the rear trim.
The two-tone paintwork is fairly patchy and has obviously been painted in various places, with the bonnet colour a slightly different shade of red. There are signs of rust bubbling through around the car and the paintwork has quite a few chips, scratches and cracks here and there around the whole car.
The wheels all look pretty good and have recently been fitted with new tyres.
The removable roof panel is showing its age with a few marks and cracks, with its sealing rubbers beginning to crack in places, however it is easy to remove and stow in the front boot and makes a good watertight seal when refitted.
The lights are all good with the various badges showing some signs of fading and other black trims that adorn the bodywork. The front bumper has several light scratches and marks and needs re-attaching correctly on the driver’s side while on the rear bumper some of the rubber trim is beginning to lift and the exhaust tailpipe is very rusty.
The distinctive pop-up headlights work perfectly and all exterior lighting and glass are in good condition. All rubber seals around the car appear to be in good condition, with no evidence of internal water leaks.
All the major mechanics of the car have recently been thoroughly checked and repaired or replaced as required as detailed above in history, and other than the electric windows and heater blower not working there are no other known issues to report.
Go-kart style handling, sharp Italian styled looks, a real miniature supercar, the X1/9 Bertone represents a great buy. It’s unusual, great value and running costs are manageable too.
This Fiat X1/9 benefits from having the larger 1500cc engine and the 5-speed gearbox and, although it does need some tidying up in places, overall it seems a very nice and honest example of this stylish Italian classic
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