The Fiat X1/9 is a relatively common classic sports car which
was produced from 1972 to 1989.
Upon its arrival to the market, the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
layout was quite advanced for such an affordable sports car.
The Fiat X1/9's styling is pretty much a love-it or hate-it
affair. And while the design looks very dated compared to modern
cars, the purposeful wedge-shaped profile and diminutive dimensions
underscore its performance potential.
Although underpowered by both the standard engines, a 75 hp,
1.3 litre 4 cylinder, and an 85 hp, 1.5 litre 4 cylinder unit,
there are several popular transplants which can rectify this
problem. Two of the most common are the 2.0 litre Lancia DOHC,
and the Mk1 Fiat Uno Turbo engine. The bodyshell of the X1/9
is suprisingly strong allowing considerabley more powerful engines
to be successfully fitted.
Several of the Fiat X1/9's main faults was rooted in its rapid
development. The rush to turn the well-recieved concept into
reality resulted in several problems. Rust was prevalent on
early models. The rear trunk was above the exhaust system and
could get extremely hot. And there were problems with rapid
wear of the transmission, in particular, failure of reverse
However despite these problems - many of which can be corrected,
the Fiat X1/9 retains an enthusiastic following due to its great
handling, characterful styling, highly customisable design,
readily available aftermarket parts, and affordable price. The
Fiat X1/9 makes a fantastic sports car for those who like to
get their hands dirty from time to time.
Related external links:
Fiat X1/9 owners club