Summer weather is here, and this Bertone X1/9 is the more unorthodox choice for the open air motorist. Introduced in the early 1970s as the Fiat X1/9, this car was the replacement for the rear engine 850 Spider. This was a radical departure with its four cylinder engine mounted amidships, something that, other than the Porsche 914, was normally reserved for more exotic iron. This ultimate example of the X1/9 is for sale in California and has been comprehensively restored.
Obsessively restored 1987 Bertone X1/9
Looks and drives like a brand new car - many, many thousands of dollars spent over the course of 5 years, all receipts and photo documentation available
80k miles, <500 miles since restoration Black/Black Leather interior Engine: Complete stock rebuild no modifications Polished stainless steel expansion tank Re-cored radiator All new hoses Ceramic coated water pump Ceramic coated water pump pipe Remanufactured alternator Remanufactured and matched fuel injectors Polished intake manifold Ceramic coated exhaust manifold, shield and down pipe Polished stainless steel exhaust system Drivetrain: Rebuilt gearbox Resurfaced fly wheel New clutch pressure plate, bearing and disc All new clutch hydraulics including metal lines New CV joints Suspension and wheels: Nickel plated uprights all around New wheel bearings all around All new suspension bushings Koni red adjustable shocks rebuilt by Performance Shock Inc. in Sonoma New front control arms Rebuilt steering rack, new tie rod ends Epoxy and powder-coated rear suspension arms and links Nickel plated Bertone lug nuts Refinished and powder coated original Speedline wheels Brakes All new hydraulics, including metal lines Nickel plated Fiat Uno turbo front brakes, freshly rebuilt with polished pistons and new ventilated rotors and pads Powder coated brake shields Polished aluminum freshly rebuilt stock rear calipers with new rotors and pads New brake hoses all around Interior Refinished leather seats New original Bertone steering wheel New original Bertone gear lever Immaculate dashboard no cracks New carpet “Brown wire” mod to increase power to all accessories LED instrument lighting LED interior lighting Rebuilt pedal box Tool roll Owners manual etc. Original jack
The X1/9 survived in the US market through 1987, even after Fiat pulled out of the market in 1982. Bertone took over the marketing and importation of the car from there and quite a few were sold thereafter. These late X1/9s are quite affordable these days and I’ve seen a few out there in good condition. For the price of a used economy car, you can have something that everyone on the street will want to stop and talk about with you. The best X1/9s will hover around $10,000 to $14,000, so I'd suspect this restored example has a reserve set somewhere around that range.