Long recognized for being great to drive, the Fiat X1/9 has not quite started getting its due among all but the Fiat cult of enthusiasts. Early models are especially attractive designs, and the 1975-1978 cars had ladder-style bumpers that, while clunky, obstructed the overall design much less than what some of the competition did. When you get the car in silver or white, it helps hide the bumpers even more, and that’s what we have here in this 1975 Fiat X1/9 for sale for $2950 in Portland, OR.
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The progressively darker seventies door graphics are cool – were they meant to make the car look like it was getting away from you, even though it had a slow-for-sportscars 0-60 time of over ten seconds? No matter, because with steel wheels wearing skinny tires, a delicate rear view mirror, and clean white paint, you can imagine the car looks as it would have back in 1975. This iteration of the X1/9 was equipped with a 1290cc engine good for 61hp – not incredible, but not bad if you consider the 2000 lb. curb weight.
Pretty good looking from the back too. Some enthusiasts have figured out a way to reduce the bulk of the bumpers by removing the upper or lower rail on the bumpers. Oddly enough, this car with its removable roof panel has been fitted with a pop-out glass moonroof – open-top-squared? That’s the only awkward step, though, as everything else looks to match the original specification or to actually be original. Per the seller, a charitable donation dealer, the car runs well and has no rust underneath.
The seats look good, but given the color and modern-looking pattern, they’re probably wearing seat covers. The excrement brown shade of the carpet has not yet returned to coolness, but you’ll be ready when it does. And a pretty complete dashboard with no cracks is a thing to behold in any cars its age.
Here’s the little 1300 – a fuel injected 1500 from a Yugo combined worth that car’s 5-speed is a popular upgrade. Yesterday and today’s feature cars are both on the market at the same price, but their prices, target markets and more were vastly different from each other in the mid-1970s. Which would you choose?