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:
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.