One of Two: 1979 Fiat X1/9 1500 – NOW $10,999
September 4th Update – Ten days after first posting his two Fiat X1/9s for sale at $13,999, the private seller lowered the price of each by $3,000 to $10,999 each. That now puts the red example featured here between Hagerty’s “Excellent” and “Good” condition estimates.
We’re finding sellers continually develop creative ways to avoid spending any more money than possible on Craigslist posts. For example, seen several listings with a slightly modified title so that it can be used to sell a second car. In this case, the private seller has not one, but two of Fiat’s iconic 1970’s vintage mid-engine sports cars for sale: a white 1983 Bertone and the focus of this post, this stunning red over black example currently listed here on Craigslist in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The private seller is asking $13,999 for each X1/9. A quick scan of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has the ’79 X1/9 featured here priced between the #1 “Concours” appraisal of $26,200 and the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $11,600. If you are serious about adding this Fiat to your collection, you can start the conversation by calling Marco at (856) 296-6075 to set up an appointment to see his X1/9s. When you do please remember to mention you saw the red ’79 featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Please note: we’ve also included pictures of the white 1983 Bertone as well.
As a competitive response to VW/Porsche’s new 914, in 1969 Fiat commissioned Bertone to create a two-seat, entry-level, mid-engine sports car capable of meeting the U.S. safety regulations of the period. Designed around the Fiat 128’s front-wheel-drive, transverse-mounted powertrain, the X1/9 relocated the transverse drive train and suspension assembly from the front of the 128 to the rear of the passenger cabin, directly in front of the rear axle, to create the mid-engine layout. Unlike most other mid-engine car designs, Bertone ingeniously located both the gas tank and spare tire between the passenger seats and the mid-engine firewall. Not only did this provide room for two, albeit small, trunks, but the result was also arguably one of the best handling Fiats ever produced.
In 1979 U.S. cars received increases in displacement to 1498 cc and five-speed transmissions, with maximum power up to VW Beetle-like 67 horsepower and retained previous emission controls. In 1979 U.S. X1/9s also received both exterior and interior revisions including integrated bumpers front and rear, as well as new front grilles and air dams. The instrument panel and dash redesign moved the heating and ventilation controls from the center console up to the main dash, relocated the radio to the center dash area, moved the fuse panel from the area above the driver’s left knee to the area above the passenger’s footwell where the glove box was and moved the glovebox to atop the dash. With less than 100 horsepower on tap throughout its production, the X1/9 is at best a momentum car.
Here’s a MotorWeek Retro Review currently posted on YouTube providing a synopsis of a 1982 model that bridges the gap between the ’79 and the ’83 examples the private seller is currently offering for sale:
X1/9s were easy prey for the rust bug here in the Northeast, so it’s a rare sight to come across an example for sale, especially an award-winning immaculately detailed one such as both cars the seller currently offers for sale. While not the fastest mid-engine car by any stretch, it’s go-kart size and handling will have you grinning from ear to ear on every twisty back road you can find. If you find out the story about why Marco is selling both cars and including the car show trophies with each, please comment below. Additionally, while these are clearly well-detailed X1/9s, we hope the seller can also provide detailed service records to support the fact these cars have been properly maintained as well. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“For sale 2 X1/9 one fiat 79 one Bertone 83 those two cars are show car they both won multiple car shows, the trophy’s come with the cars. No rust, serious inquires only, phone calls, and they can be seen by appointment.
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