About Fiat X1/9
Many people believe that a sports car needs to be rear-engine based, while a dedicated few prefer their sports cars with the powertrain sitting mid-engine, giving the car more balance. For those people, one ideal car to consider is the Fiat X1/9. These cars, which have a slight resemblance to the Pontiac Fiero, had a production run from 1972 to 1979. The X1/9 is a two-seat Targa roadster featuring rear-wheel drive. Approximately 140,000 originally existed from its seven-year run, which is broken down into three generations: 1974, 1975 to 78, and 1979 to 82. Bertone, an Italian automaker, picked up the car in 1982 for its lineup, which lasted another seven years. Early models of the X1/9 feature a 75 braking horsepower, 1290cc single overhead cam AS inline-4 engine that has an aluminum head and mates with a 4-speed manual transmission. By 1979, the model upgraded to a 1498cc 138.A2/A4 inline-4 engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Although rare, some still-running examples of the Fiat X1/9 exist in the large inventory of foreign sports cars on eBay. In addition, mechanically minded folks can find replacement parts keep the Italian auto running and looking good, including replacement Fiat X1/9 wheels.