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The X 1/9 Gallery

Bertone produced the X1/9 for Fiat from 1972 to 1988, and then, from 1983 onwards, independently. A total of 160,000 units were produced.

Autobianchi Runabout (1969)

Autobianchi Runabout, 1969 The design project for the Runabout took its inspiration from the motor boat world. As in the case of other prototypes inspired by the design concepts and styling applied to other fields, here once more Bertone took his inspiration from outside the motoring world. The Runabout was in fact inspired by the racing speed boats around at the end of the 1960's. Despite its unusual look and evident dream car status, the prototype was used as the starting point for the design of the future Fiat X1/9, which was launched a couple of years later. The engine itself was that of the 128, even though the car was presented under the Autobianchi marque. Autobianchi Runabout, 1969 With its pointed shape, generous rollbars hosting the headlamps and the colours chosen by its designer, the car was aimed at a young market. The Runabout is an invitation to fun, stress-free travelling, evoking the sheer joy of driving in places where traffic is no more than a distant memory. The Runabout was presented at the 1969 Turin Motor Show: an original vision of the future which once more attracted the attention of more than a few curious on-lookers.

Fiat X 1/9 (1972-1976)

Fiat X 1/9, 1972 The Fiat X1/9 debuted at the Turin Motor Show in November 1972, immediately earning critical acclaim. The Fiat X1/9 came about to replace the Fiat 850 Spider. On a Fiat 128 base, but with an entirely innovative feature for a Fiat car: a centrally-mounted engine. Nuccio Bertone pressed Fiat management to accept this very sporty solution, and eventually managed to convince them. The Fiat X1/9 reworked the Runabout concept, an innovative Bertone design inspired by the wedge shape of racing speed boats. The Fiat X1/9 is the natural continuation of this concept, with its penetrative wedge shape. The two ridges running along the wings lighten the overall look, and the low bonnet features disappearing headlights, while the rear is cut off. Fiat X 1/9, 1972 But the most interesting aspect lies in the design of the cockpit, framed by the light front pillar and the rear pillar which functions as a roll-bar. With the hard-top down, the X1/9 goes from coupé to spider, and the top folds away and stows into a front compartment above the luggage. The chassis, derived from the Stratos chassis, is a supporting structure which is particularly robust and safe enough to pass the new safety tests which were about to be introduced in the States.
The first version had a 74 Hp 1290 cc. engine (170 km/h).
Emerson Fittipaldi, who test-drove it for the magazine Quattroruote, wrote that the X1/9 drives like a Formula One car. The Fiat X1/9 was a hit, and went on to be successful on the American market too.

Fiat X 1/9 "Abarth" (1973)

Fiat X 1/9 "Abarth" 1973 As a special rarity, Abarth in 1973 modified an X 1/9 with an 1840 cc 16V engine with 200 Hp, The car was supposed to be used for Rally - unfortunately Fiat's plans were different, and the Fiat 131 became the Fiat groups Rally car. Apart from the wide arch wings concealing the wide 235/55x13 tires, the Car was equipped with a colossal air intake, to feed the 2 44mm Weber IDF carbs'.

Fiat X 1/9 US model (1974-1978)

Fiat X 1/9 US model, 1975 In 1974 the Fiat X 1/9 was introduced to the American market, the model was identical with the European model, apart from the slightly larger horns on the bumpers. In 1975 the Fiat X 1/9 was latered on a number of points, to comply with the strict emission regulations, this brought a number of engine changes, Fiat X 1/9 US model, 1975 as a result the engined now only performed 65 Hp and a top speed at 155 km/h. Most characteristic was though the change from the small wrap-around bumpers, to 2 large - less esthetics - bumpers (2 horizontal bars, connected to the body by 2 hydraulic dampers). In spite of the loss of power, success on the American marked was immediate.

Fiat X 1/9, 1300 "Corsa" (1975)

Fiat X 1/9 Corsa, 1975 In 1975 the model "X 1/9 Corsa" was introduced on the "Salon Automobile de Bruxelles". It was proposed as a limited edition series for the European market. The cars main characteristic were a large spoiler on the rear trunk, widened wings, hardtop in the body colour, and it was fitted with magnesium rims with Bertone logo. On the doors the writing said "X1/9 CORSA" in capitals and "FIAT BERTONE" in small capitals. The car was nevertheless equipped as the standard series, despite the sporty race design.

Fiat X 1/9 Dallara Silhoutte racer (1975)

Fiat X 1/9 Dallara 16V Silhouette, 1975 The Fiat X1/9 Dallara went on show at the 1975 "Paris Motor Show" The Fiat X1/9 Dallara was the Turin company's answer to the race car market, destined for a packed sporting schedule in Group 5 (Silhouette) of the World Sportscar Championships, with its creator behind the wheel. Dallara, an internationally known, highly experienced engineer, opted for the X1/9, in the belief that, for both its design and economic characteristics, it would be capable of turning in an impressive sporting performance. Fiat X 1/9 Dallara 16V Silhouette, 1975 In fact the X1/9 Dallara retains the same layout as the original model, apart from a few modifications to the suspensions and engine. The engine is a four-cylinder - 16 v - 192 Hp, 1289 cc. The design of the body visually accentuates the sporty character of the model, while inside the car is an entirely new safety feature: upholstery in F.P.T., the same fire-retardant material used for the suits of the Formula 1 drivers.

Fiat X 1/9 "Serie Speciale I" (1976-1978)

Fiat X 1/9 1300 "Serie Speciale I" 1976 In 1976 the "Serie Speciale I" was launched, it was characterized by a "ladder pattern" decor alongside, this together with a large PU-plastic front spoiler. Internal it was fitted with new higher back seats, with a striped design fabric. 1976 was also the year when it officially was introduced as a right hand driven version to the market in United Kingdom, till then only a number (approximately 30) had been converted to right hand drive by Radbourne Racing.

Fiat X 1/9 "Lido" (1977-1978)

Fiat X 1/9 1300 "Lido" 1978 As the last of the 1300 series the "Lido" was launched in 1978, it was only available in black. The Lido model had a theme of black and white, therefore it had chromed bumpers, and white interior.

Fiat X 1/9 "Five-Speed" (1978-1982)

Fiat X 1/9 Five-Speed, 1979 With the end of the 1300 series, the X 1/9 "Five-Speed" was introduced on the 1978 "Autosalon Birmingham". The Introduction of the X 1/9 "Five-Speed" was the most significant change ever done in the history of the X 1/9. The most significant changes was - as the name says - the introduction of the Fait Ritmo/Strada known power train consisting of the 1498 cc engine performing 86 Hp, and the 5 speed transmission. Visually it was changed with large allow bumpers in the full width of the car, along with a higher engine lid for the new higher engine. Inside the interior also had a make over with new dash, and seats.

Bertone X1/9 "IN" (1982-1983)

Fiat X 1/9 IN As the first model after Bertone took over the entire production of the X 1/9 "IN" modell was introduced to the market in the spring of 1982. The model was characterized by the two-tone paintwork, and the "IN" decor on the roll-bar. The interior had gone trough a make over in this fase as well, and better fabric gave it a quality boost, a special characteristic inside, was that the carpet was bright red!

Bertone X1/9 "VS" (1983-1987)

Fiat X 1/9 VS In the spring of 1983 the "VS" model was introduced to the market as the replacement of the "In" model, the only significant change was new Speedline SL 082 rims, and new colour schemes where the lower color always was metallic Charcoal #900, the roll-bar decor now wrote "X 1-9" vertically.

Bertone X1/9 "S" (1984-1986)

Fiat X 1/9 VS In the spring of 1984 the "S" model was introduced to the market, the only significant change was new Cromodora CD 179 rims, and new colour schemes where the vertically divider between the two colours now was moved up to just under the window line, another feature was that now it had mirrors on both sides.

Fiat X 1/9 "Sunshine" (1985-1986)

Fiat X 1/9 Sunshine In the spring of 1985 the "Sunshine" model was introduced to the market, and again this time only minor changes in equipment, like new materials in the interior, other rims, and new colour schemes.

Bertone X1/9 "S" (1986-1988)

Fiat X 1/9 S In the spring of 1986 the new "S", model was introduced to the market, this model had sideskirts and Speedline SP 116A rims with 185/60x13 low profile tires, another significant change to this model was that the engine lid was in the body colour instead of the usual black. The model came in two variants, a carb' model, and an injection model, the latter was lowered some 40mm.

Bertone X1/9 "Special Edition" (1988-1989)

Fiat X 1/9 Special Edition In 1988 the last official series hit the continental European market - Bertone X1/9 1500 "Special Edition", the car were built in 1985 - 1986 and was US models, rebuilt to the the continental Europe, the last model were sold as late as in 1989.

Bertone X1/9 "Gran Finale" (1987-1988)

Fiat X 1/9 Gran Finale In the spring of 1987 the last model ever hits the British market, as the "Gran Finale" is introduced. This model had a carb' engine, and the rims were now from O.Z., the bumpers were not black as on the previous models, and it had a rear spoiler. This model was available in just two different colours, Mica Red or Mica Blue. Aircondition was standard in the model, as well as Alcantara fabric interior.

Updated July 15. 2002

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