Trinity Car Solutions are renowned for finding cars of quality and originality and those which are "just a little bit different", and this superb Fiat X1/9 is definitely one car that can apply those descriptives. The pictures of this incredible car do not do him justice, with his 80's wedge shaped beauty, those lines can only be from one era.
What is a Fiat X1/9? It’s a baby Ferrari in all but name and is arguably the most overlooked compact sport car around and bristles with super car design thinking even though it’s loosely based upon a humble Fiat 128 (an Italian Escort to you). They rot like mad, but a good one offers Prancing Horse frills for Ford money
The X1/9 was conceived not by Fiat but by famous Italian stylist Bertone at the start of the 1970s. Based upon the excellent Fiat 128 saloon the engine was fitted midships in a razor sharp body featuring a lift off targa top that was state of the art back then and even now doesn’t seem that dated. Certainly the chassis isn’t: all independent McPherson struts with disc brakes all round and rack and pinion steering: some moderns can’t match this spec. By the time the car was introduced in 1972 it wore the perky 73bhp 1.3 litre engine first seen in the 128 Rallye. The car wasn’t officially launched in the UK until 1977 and by this time alloys, front driving lamps tinted glass and even some snazzy soft luggage bags for that overnight stop were part of the (c£3000) deal.
A (highly coveted) special edition Lido, featuring chrome bumpers, came out a year later while for 1979 the X1/9 was updated to appease the US market where it was going down a storm. Larger, uglier impact absorbing bumpers were now fitted along with a bigger engine cover. The good news however was the adoption of a 1.5-litre engine (with five speed gearbox) taken from the Strada. Kicking out 85bhp it gave the X1/9 the sort of pep those looks had always cried out for, althoughit still wasn’t quick enough for the money asked.
Even though the X1/9 was a surprising sales success and loved by all who drove one, Fiat always distanced itself from the car, doing as little as it could get away with when it came to updating. Indeed in 1981 it handed over production to Bertone, leading to the car now being so badged as well as a VS model for the UK market boasting leather trim and electric windows. Further titivation included revises in 1984 and ’86 with the Gran Finale version introduced in 1989, identified by its special wheels and trim (and an ungainly rear spoiler). Driving
When the X1/9 was first shown, it was a sensation and way ahead of the competition in terms of design and dynamics. Compared to the likes of a Midget, MGB and Spitfire it was in another league. Fast forward three decades and the Fiat is one of the few classics that, unmodified, can still cut it on modern roads. Weighing over 2400kg it’s not quick but the pleasure is derived from exploiting that sensitive mid engined handling.
True, on skinny 165/70s, grip levels aren’t superglue class but the Fiat’s precision and agility more than compensates. The brakes are discs all round and good although watch for front-end lock up in the wet. The 1500 model is the best all rounder and that extra cog certainly helps touring even though 70mph still has the engine spinning at a frantic 4000rpm. The ride is quite supple and the cockpit is roomier and more civilised than a Midget while luggage space is more than adequate thanks to those two square compartments. The targa top is simplicity itself to use.
Cars like this don't appear everyday, and this example has the potential to be a show stopper in the right hands, rare and desirable, guaranteed to make you smile. This is a limited edition car, with one lady owner and her husband from new, always garaged, and with a mere 15000 miles, yes that's right 15000 miles from new. It is the coverted 1500 model, and comes with the period extra red leather interior. Mechanically strong with good provenance history bought as a sewing anniversary present when new, and subject to a full mechanical overhaul by ourselves, and will come with 12 months MOT on delivery. As genuine and untouched as they come, this is a real gem for the Fiat X1/9 fan, and is a stunning rare rust free car, simply incredible.
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