Curbside Update: Fiat X1/9 – No, It Wasn’t Taken Away From Him And Replaced With A “Soulless” Pontiac Sunbird

A little shiver of joy went through me when I saw this X1/9 at parked at Jerry’s. Yes; you’re still on the road! I found this same car at in a Walmart parking lot four years ago, and wondered then what its future held. And it makes such a fine contrast to that whale of a car behind it.

As to the title of this post, one of the first comments left at that post was somewhat typical of the negativity these cars tend to attract:

I have never, ever, understood the X-19, at least in America. In Europe, its proper environment, it would be a ball, and I could see it being popular in Jolly Old England®️, and even Japan. However, in the U.S., the X-19 fits into only two niches:

In the backyard, under a tarp, or serving as a wheel chock for some guy cluelessly backing up a big pickup truck at a stop light, while wondering who is honking so furiously… I guess I feel bad for this one which has so clearly fallen into ‘flog-‘er-till-she-dies’ status. Please, someone take this poor thing away from this bad man and give him the old Pontiac Sunbird he both wants and deserves. They’re soulless anyhow, so no damage would be done. Somebody, please?

If this has “clearly fallen into ‘flog-‘er-till-she-dies’ status“, than it’s a testament to how tough these cars actually are, contrary to popular opinion. As to the owner deserving a “soulless Sunbird“, that seems rather harsh.

What makes this X1/9 rather unique is its dash, which is a couple of pieces of aluminum framing the original instruments. I rather like it.

These were terrific little cars; a ball to drive. It made the British roadsters feel like from a different century. Makes me wonder how it would have done in that group of nine 1973 Showroom Stock Sports Cars we had the other day. The X1/9 arrived here in 1974, so it might have joined them the following year. I can’t seem to readily find anything on that.

Keep on going, lil’ X1/9.


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