1974-1987 Fiat Bertone X1/9
Even today, 45 years after its introduction and 30 years after discontinuation, Fiat Bertone X1/9 remains one of the most appealing classic cars that everyone can afford. $5,000 on average is all you need in order to get yourself one of these incredibly fun, nimble and extremely lightweight targa top sports cars.
Fiat X1/9 designed by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini debuted in 1972, and came to the US two years later. Initial year models were rated at 63 horsepower and were almost completely intact compared to their overseas counterparts. They only sported small federal mandated bumpers. Between 1975 and 1978, X1/9’s received larger ladder style bumpers, while their 1.3L in-line four, now rated at 61 horsepower, got tied to more restrictive exhaust system. Finally, 1979 saw the introduction of larger displacement 1.5L engine with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection and 5-speed manual trans (improvement over former 4-speed trans). This setup was rated at 74 horsepower.
Fiat left the US market in 1982 and Malcolm Bricklin’s International Automobile Importers, Inc. took over the job of importing X1/9. Only this time, it wasn’t under Fiat’s badge. X1/9 received new Bertone badging alongside amenities such as air conditioning and power windows. Other than that, 1,940 pound sports car remained mostly intact. It might be far from quick, but Fiat Bertone X1/9 compensates with slim frame and extremely fun driving dynamics. It’s a holy grail of affordable classic cars, and will remain one for unforeseeable future.