Fiat Abarth X1/9 prototipo 2.0 16V
Fiat Abarth X1/9 prototipo replica
Buildt by Ove Thorkildsen, Norway
Fiat Croma turbo block
16v Tipo cylinderhead
Fiat Abarth 130 TC gearbox
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1989 Bertone/Fiat X1/9.
The replacement for the tiny but beautiful Fiat 850 Spider began production
in 1972. Spurred by the entry of the mid engine VW/Porsche 914, Fiat took
the engine and drive train of the Fiat 128 sedan mounted it mid ship and
created an affordable and fun Targa top great handling light weight sports
Based on a show car concept of the Autobianchi Runabout. Designed by
Marcello Gandini of Bertone and was shown at the 1969 Turin Motor Show. The
car featured a mid-mounted Fiat 128 engine and gearbox. The wedge shape
design took many styling cues from contemporary power-boat designs. And the
distinctive head lamps were mounted on the roll over bar. The prototype was
a serious proposal at the time and became the bases of the Fiat X1/9.
Designed from the onset with US future safety rules in mind the car was an
instant success in spite of Fiat's spotty reliability record. Priced right
and economical to operate some 140,000 were built by Fiat and the last
20,000 by Bertone.
US Sales of X1/9s
The X1/9 underwent three generations in the USA: 1974 cars, 1975-78 cars,
and 1979-87 cars.
1974 USA examples aligned closely with worldwide models, including small
bumpers, 1290cc engine, and 4-speed transmission.
1975-78 USA cars were unique to the US market with "ladder-style" impact
absorbing bumpers front and rear. To meet USA evaporative and Exhaust emission standards, X1/9's were fitted
with Exhaust gas recirculation valves,
air pumps and an activated charcoal system. These cars were rated at 63HP.
In 1979 USA cars received an increase in displacement to 1498cc and a
5-speed transmission. 1979 USA cars retained the previous emission
controls. Model years 1980 and 1981 saw a transition from carburetion to
Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, with the changeover coming in 1980 for
cars sold in California and a gradual changeover for "federal" cars from
late 1980 to 1981 model years. The combination of Fuel Injection (FI), a
catalytic converter and unleaded gasoline allowed these cars to meet
California and later federal emission standards. FI cars were rated at
In 1979 USA X1/9s also received both exterior and interior revisions
including integrated bumpers front and rear, as well as a new front grille
and airdam. The instrument panel and dash redesign moved the heating and
ventilation controls from the center console up to the main dash, relocated
the radio into 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 glovebox was, and moved the glovebox atop the dash.
During 1982, Fiat ended its presence in the USA. Fiat turned over marketing
and support of the X1/9 to International Automobile Importers, Inc., headed
up by Malcolm Bricklin, and turned over full production duties to Bertone.
1983 was a transition year for the orphaned X1/9, which thereafter was sold
as the "Bertone X1/9." IAI and Bertone continued to update the X1/9, such
as providing rust protection, revised seating to accommodate taller
drivers, and a modernized electrical system for 1984 models.
US sales of the X1/9 took a nose dive in the final few years, and 1987 was
the last year that IAI imported X1/9s to the USA.
Fiat X1/9 AutoSlalom - Alfredo Giamboi
Alcuni passaggi del plurititolato pilota a bordo della sua X1/9 1,6 che da
tanti anni corre con i nostri colori sul cofano.
Some clips of this very fast driver that with his X1/9 1,6 tuned by us has
won lot of titles.
BEST-OF -- Course de Cote/ Bergrennen(Berg-Cup)/Hillclimb -- UNTERFRANKEN EICHENBUHL 2012(Allemagne)
Vidéo 100% Compilation: Highlights, Attack, Drift, Crash, Fails, Unfall,
Limit, Fast, Show
#Pilots in the Vidéo:
#2 DEBRUYNE Franck / Dallara F300
#4 MEIERS Robert / Dallara F300
#23 MUHLBAUER Oskar / Lotus Elise
#24 MATTERN Dennis / Lotus Elise
#50 LANG Uwe / Osella PA20/S
#57 BLUM Mario / PRC S4
#77 ORTH Patrick / VW Golf
#78 HEß Mario / Opel Kadett
#199 STOLZ Herbert / Porsche 935 DP2
#200 HANDA Norbert / Lancia Delta
#201 HOFFMANN Klaus / Opel Astra DTM
#202 BRENNER Norbert / Opel Vectra DTM
#204 MEIER Thorsten / Seat Leon
#233 BODENMULLER Edmund / Opel Kadett C
#234 DANDL Michael / BMW 320
#237 SCHONBORN Rainer / VW Golf
#270 WUSTEFELD Markus / Mercedes 190 EVO2 DTM
#271 PERMETINGER Bernhard / BMW M3
#278 BACHMANN Max / BMW 325
#300 MINICHBERGER Mario / VW Scirocco
#302 NAUMANN Peter / VW Polo
#303 ROTTENBERGER Dieter / BMW 318 STW
#304 WIEBE Bjoern / Renault Clio
#306 WIMMER Norbert / BMW 2002
#307 SCHMITT Sebastian / Opel Kadett C
#308 WEISS Werner / Ford Escort
#309 RAUCH Michael / Opel Kadett C
#310 SONDERBAUER Roman / Opel Kadett C
#311 FLIK Thomas / Renault Clio
#312 HOVEMANN Holger / Opel Kadett C
#313 KROLL Ralf / VW Golf
#314 WEBER Jens / Opel Kadett C
#315 ORTH Patrick / BMW 320
#317 REICH Markus / VW Golf
#322 LORIG Ingo / VW Golf
#333 CHRISTALL Roland / Opel Ascona
#342 DUMLER Christian / VW Golf
#360 PAULITSCH Hans / VW Scirocco
#361 MAIER Helmut / VW Golf
#362 AUCHTER Tobias / Opel Corsa
#363 HEINDRICHS Werner / Opel Corsa
#365 SEITZ Jurgen / Ford Escort
#369 HEßE / VW Golf
#400 KONRAD Manfred / VW Scirocco
#402 SPORI Markus / Suzuki Swift
#406 BERNERT Klaus / VW Polo
#408 GEHRIG Jurgen / VW Polo
#417 HORNIG Christof / VW Polo
#450 DEUTSCH Bernd / Audi 50
#451 SCHNEIDER Jurgen / VW Polo
#452 STEGMANN Tobias / Audi 50
#459 RICHTER Peter / VW Polo
#510 HOFMANN Steffen / NSU TT
#616 SCHRODER Detlef / VW Polo
Starting Fiat X1/9 Engine.
Starting my recently restored and modified Fiat X1/9 engine for the first
time since we dragged it out off a field in Ohio. We added a four port
intake, Duoletta carbs, lightened the flywheel, remove emmission controls
and the AC, 1500 block (retains 4 speed gearbox), as well we added a euro
cam along with a racing distributor and gave it some other tweaks to
increase HP. We're very pleased with the results!
Project Carla (Fiat X1/9) Bertone X19 Road Trip
Fiat x1/9 Goes from Scotland to Tenerife.
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