1979 X1/9 This car should be considered as a running driving project car. It will not currently pass California emissions standards, so if sold to a buyer in California it will be sold as a parts car without a smog certificate!
With that disclaimer out of the way:
This is a GREAT running car that is well sorted out and handles great with KYB struts, Mark Plaia designed suspension upgrades, and was obviously previously owned by an enthusiast. Everything works except as noted below, even the clock keeps time and the interior light works! Fairly new battery, and starts right up when it's been sitting, cold, or even when it's hot. It had new brake hoses, the calipers rebuilt, and new brake fluid less than 100 miles ago.It has the standard 1.5 liter carbureted engine, a 5 speed transaxle, and all of the California required smog equipment installed and operational.
Recent work completed by a world recognized Fiat expert includes a major service and repairs needed in order to pass California emissions tests, Passes (with blow by hose removed from air cleaner & road drafted): idle HC @ 9 PPM, CO @ 0.0%, 2500 RPM HC 22 PPM, CO 0.66%. All smog equipment is installed and functioning, except the catalytic converter which is in the spares included with the car. Carburetor is modified so secondaries open with accelerator pedal. Tires are currently old used ones that need to be replaced if you will be driving the car. They are mounted on 1983-86 tron alloy wheels with modified 1975-78 131 center caps. Third gear syncro ring is weak, but on a recent driving session I had no issues going up or down into third gear, as long as you don't rush it. (If you are good you can easily shift it. But without experience, or if you are in a hurry, it will grind) The engine has blowby and will need to be rebuilt to pass California emissions testing. Can be run as it, I did it for years and close to 6,000 miles! Power is down & fuel consumption is accordingly higher than a motor in top condition. But it does not seem to burn oil. On a recent driving session it easily out performed another identical X, that had just received a rebuilt engine (that owner was surprised!). Brakes, wheel bearings, both brakes and clutch hydraulics, everything else functions without issues.Currently painted a variety of poor quality forest green paints on top of the original silver paint. Car seems straight, never accidented, and structurally rust-free. There is rust starting at various places as shown in the photos, including around the base of the windshield, the rear of the front body panel, the lower part of the right door, and various other spots as documented in the pictures. All suspension mounting points, floors, inner and outer rocker panels, and other structural areas are great!
The windscreen is cracked. I stock factory new ones, and can include one for an extra fee. The upholstery is in very good condition. The lower cushion on the right seat needs some quick sewing help on the seam. The carpet has some worn places, there are some mats in there to cover the carpet holes. The radio and speakers are currently deleted, but it's not difficult to find new or re manufactured units on Amazon for cheap.The heater valve control lever (new one included in the spares) needs to be replaced. And it has the typical sticky brake pedal to clutch pedal shaft bushing. The car was aligned when I started driving it and did the suspension upgrades. The paperwork is currently in my name, but the car is officially non opted with the state of California because of the engine blowby issue. There are some additional parts included in the spares package at no charge as shown in the pictures.
Current invoice for repairs to date is at $5,642.09.
Get this properly sorted out project car with no hidden issues that has HUGE potential for being a great car again at a great discount, as I have set my reserve well under my investment. AND you can drive it home! Just get a moving permit, a set of tires and a pair of wiper blades, fill her up, and go. A great opportunity to get a good car that only needs a little work and was my daily driver when it's registration was up to date. I even led a few club tours in it. Why am I selling it? I am so busy with the day to day stuff that I won't get to this one any time soon, and I am downsizing my warehouse storage spaces.Option wise, this is the best of 1979. No air conditioning, and manual windows. Ready for the installation of the music system of your choice.
The story:This car was purchased on ebay years ago by a client in Oakland California. He flew up to the pacific northwest and drove the car home. When driving to Concorso Italiano, back when it was still being held at Quail Lodge, he thought he had blown the head gasket and left it at my shop in Santa Cruz California for repair.After giving the car a full inspection, it was sold to one of my employees. That employee later sold it to me.I fixed the head gasket, and quickly discovered that the motor was so worn out it would never pass California smog. But the transaxle was great, and had obviously just been rebuilt. Soon afterwards I sold the transaxle out of the car, to a client calling on the phone.I bought out an inventory from a San Jose X1/9 enthusiast and repair shop, and one of the engines and transmissions he pointed at he said that it had come out of a wrecked car, ran and shifted great, and had just passed smog.Eventually I installed it in this car, and discovered it would not pass smog testing, as discussed above.After trying every trick in the book, and every trick my smog guy knew, we did get it to pass. I registered and drove the car until it came back up for smog, then non opted it. Sometimes running a car for a few thousand miles helps, sometimes it doesn't...Over the last few years I have brought the car to our local Fiat club driver's school events, with the offer that anyone could drive it at our school to learn about mid engine car handling. I always instructed folks to run it hard and try to break it. More than once, at the end of the day after other cars were broken and waiting for a tow home, this car was still out there reliably turning hot laps with a variety of drivers at the wheel!
If you can believe that cars have souls, this one has a very good one. and a strong life force. It's potential to be a great car for someone who wants to do a quick pretty up paint job on a mechanically sorted car is fantastic. They will end up with a great car, that is often referenced as being one of the best handling cars that can be bought for under $100,000. And with values of these great cars on the rise, this is the car for someone who wants to get in cheap, and doesn't mind doing the work this car still needs to bring it to the standard they desire themselves.
Years ago I bought a rebuilt short block from an enthusiast on Xweb, and will offer it to the buyer of this car for an additional $875.00, plus crating and shipping costs if you don't take it when you pick up the car. Honestly, the transaxle third gear is not that bad, I drove it without issues using slow upshifts and double clutch downshifts for two years, and the operation never changed.It probably would not hurt to change fluids before you drove it home, and I can do that in my shop for an extra fee.
As it is not a totally rust free example as a recent yellow X1/9 sold on another auction site, it is a solid car that can be just as exciting for a want to be Fiat X1/9 owner. And you will never beat the handling, economy, and excitement of an X1/9, as this car will bring.Just ask any X1/9 owner!
Any questions, or additional pictures wanted, please ask. If you want to come and check it out, I am very close to the San Francisco, San Jose, and Monterey airports. And being located on the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, we are a good spot for a quick vacation!Got a kid considering University of California at Santa Cruz? Now is a time to check out the campus!
Need more photos? I have too many showing it's good parts and it's faults. Please ask for more you would like to see. I even have videos of it being started up and driven. Just ask.

Used Year: 1979
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 128as10103725 Mileage: 34,853
Transmission: 5 speed Make: Fiat
Body Type: Convertible Model: X-1/9
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty Engine: 1.5 liter
Vehicle Title: Clear Drive Type: RWD
Options: Sunroof Fuel Type: Gasoline
Sub Model: Bertone For Sale By: owner
Exterior Color: Green Disability Equipped: No
Interior Color: Tan Drive Side: Left-hand drive
Number of Cylinders: 4