Fiat X1/9 Five Speed, 1981
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Fiat X1/9 Five Speed, 1981

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Fiat X1/9 Five Speed, year 1981. Colour gold metallic combined with a two-tone brown leatherette interior. The Fiat X1/9 is a remarkable mid-engine two-seater ‘spider-coupé’ designed by Bertone. The X1/9 features a detachable roof panel which can be stowed in the front luggage compartment. The spare wheel is ingeniously stored behind the passenger seat. The X1/9 was presented in 1972, and the second series named ‘Five Speed’ was introduced in 1978. This beautiful Fiat X1/9 Five Speed is in a good to very good original condition, the car has driven 107.000 kilometres from new. The car shows all the original details, and some traces of use and age (some corrosion on the front lower corner of the right front fender). This beautiful Fiat is fitted with a 1500 cc four-cylinder engine and a five speed manually operated gearbox. This Fiat X1/9 Five Speed is a very original example and a delightful driver car.


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The Fiat X1/9 is a fantastic 1970s mid-engine sports car design initiated by Bertone and adopted by Fiat. The Fiat X1/9 Spider Coupé was presented to the public in November 1972. The bodywork was produced by Bertone. The Fiat X1/9 Spider Coupé features a detachable roof panel that can be stowed away in the front luggage compartment. The X1/9 is powered by a 75 bhp four-cylinder 1300 Sport engine derived from the Fiat 128 Rallye. The engine is located behind the seats to obtain the best possible weight distribution and road holding qualities. In 1978 a revised model was introduced and named Fiat X1/9 ‘Five Speed’. The car featured a more powerful 85 bhp 1500 cc engine and a five-speed gearbox. The Fiat X1/9 was extremely successful, especially in the USA. In 1982 a more luxurious ‘IN’ version was marketed by Bertone. In 1988 the last special version saw the light of day with the name ‘Gran Finale’. From 1972 until 1989 180.000 Fiat X1/9 cars were built. As with many cars from the 1970s rust was their biggest enemy and not many cars survived the test of time. It is hard to find perfectly preserved examples of this very desirable Bertone design. The Fiat X1/9 is one of the most iconic Fiat models; a true classic.   

Technical data*

Four cylinder engine (OHC)
cylinder capacity: 1498 cc
capacity: 85 bhp at 6000 rpm
torque: 120 Nm at 3200 rpm
carburettor: 1 Weber 34 DATR 7/250
gearbox: 5-speed, manual
brakes: disc brakes around
top speed: 180 km/h. - 113 mph.
weight: 920 kg unladen

*All the Fiats by Editoriale Domus


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