1988 Fiat X1/9 1500 Bertone


  • Sharp, classic Bertone design 
  • Rare, Italian exotica with nimble mid-engine handling
  • Eye-catching colour-scheme with fabulous, period interior 
  • Well-documented low-milage 
  • £11,000 spent by the last keeper
  • Over £3,500 invested with 'Autolusso' specialists in the last 18 months

The Appeal

Overseen by Bertone's Marcello Gandini, the design of the Fiat X1/9 reflected the great man’s illustrious career which had spawned some of the world's most beautiful automotive designs. Seizing the opportunity to radically re-shape the sports car genre - some have suggested that Gandini fused the principles of Fiat’s pretty 850 Spyder with the design philosophy of the Lamborghini Miura, to create the low-slung balance of the new X1/9, which launched in 1972. Its silhouette also shares more than a passing resemblance to one of the most revered 'wedge designs' of the time - the Lancia Stratos. 
Fiat manufactured the X1/9 until 1982, after which a modified X1/9 was built and marketed by Bertone themselves until 1989. Successful in their day, clean X1/9's are now increasingly scarce to find here in the UK, especially original domestic market RHD examples, such as this. 
It truly is a treat for all the senses: The red coachwork complements the fabulous two-tone interior, the lightweight, transverse mid-engine and five-speed gearbox offer zesty performance and driver feedback while the targa roof adds a further dimension to the fun. All this in such a pretty little package - what’s not to adore?

The History and Paperwork

  • UK RHD vehicle, delivered to the first lady keeper in July 1988 - Croxley Green, Herts
  • The second lady keeper bought the car when it was a year old  and there’s no record of another change with DVLA for 26 years
  • The car was kept on the Isle of Man between 1994 - 2015
  • Displayed circa 36,000 miles in 1994 and 52,945 miles when the car came back to the mainland in 2015
  • Six registered keepers recorded in total
  • Original service booklet present, within original Fiat Assurance wallet
  • Many written entries in the booklet, five with official service stamps (1988 - 1997)
  • Additional original Bertone wallet present, housing technical data handbook, servicing guide and owner’s handbook
  • New clutch slave cylinder receipt, August 2020
  • Supply & Fit Timing Belt receipt dated May 2021 (53,059 miles)
  • Maintenance receipt for £1,257.55 at specialists Autolusso dated August 2022 (53,232 miles)
  • Maintenance receipt for £670.70 at specialists Autolusso dated September 2022 (53,455 miles)
  • MOT & Maintenance receipt for £1,628.10 at specialists 'Autolusso' dated July 2023 (53,427 miles)
  • Wheel alignment report from Autolusso dated August 2023
  • A quantity of old V5c’s and MOT’s
  • The current  MOT expires 17/08/2024 with no advisories - (just 102 miles covered since)
  • Supplied with two sets of keys

The Condition

  • Bright paintwork was refreshed in 2020
  • Some blemishes and imperfections in places. Of note a few bubbles on window frame surrounds and n/s door bottom
  • The interior switchgear is in very good order
  • Very few signs of wear inside the elegant cabin
  • The two-tone grey cloth seats are smart, comfortable, supportive and in excellent original condition
  • The vendor highlights the internal heater fan can be temperamental
  • The vinyl coverings and plastics remain a healthy shade of black with no obvious flaws
  • The targa roof is in good condition, clips in and out with ease and stows snuggly into front compartment
  • Electric windows in good working order
  • Attractive X1/9 Speedline 'Phone Dial' wheels fitted and in excellent condition, with correct Bertone logo centre-caps
  • Recent matching tyres - all with excellent, even tread remaining
  • Original jack still present
  • WaxOyl protected underneath

The Mechanics

  • Powered by the 138.A2/A4 1,498 cc overhead-cam four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • The engine bay presents smartly
  • We are advised that the carburettor was rebuilt by a specialist (at considerable additional cost) and returned to Autolusso for fitting
  • The car is reported to start with ease and settles into a gentle idle
  • The vendor reports that gear selection is purposeful and accurate and the clutch feel is good
  • The engine revs smoothly and has the pleasing exhaust note 
  • Reported as being enjoyable to drive, thanks to considerable expenditure in the last 18 months to achieve smooth and reliable performance

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1988
  • Make Fiat
  • Model X1/9
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 53,529 Miles
  • Engine size 1498
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Twickenham
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
23 bids
  • Sa•••• £5,900 08/03/24
  • tu•••• £5,800 08/03/24
  • Sa•••• £5,600 08/03/24
  • si•••• £5,500 08/03/24
  • Sa•••• £5,300 08/03/24
  • tu•••• £5,200 08/03/24
  • si•••• £5,100 08/03/24
  • Ni•••• £4,900 08/03/24
  • si•••• £4,800 08/03/24
  • Sa•••• £4,500 08/03/24
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