If your business is restoring and selling old Italian race cars, you end up spending half of your day at home managing emails and researching the classics you're after. That means you also see more of how your kids grow up.
It never really made sense in the first place and now it's dead. You do have to love the cheap midengine sports car, though, don't you?
Fiat's are great cars... when they work. The problem is they have this reputation of spending more time on the lift than on the road. But what if you combined Japanese reliability with Italian style? Can the VTEC keep this 1977 X1/9 kicking?
Nobody really ever expects an advertisement to tell them the whole truth, whether it's for laundry detergent or criminal defense attorneys. When it comes to 1980s car ads though, a new dynamic comes in to play.
Fiat's Giugiaro-designed 850 Spider was a strong seller, but also getting pretty old by 1968, so Bertone was commissioned to come up with a new barchetta. The following X1/9 was produced for 17 years.
The Fiat X1/9 was never a very fast car, but that's nothing that can't be solved by tearing out the old, smog-hamstrung Italian four and cramming a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 engine in there instead.
For some reason, American car shoppers in 1980 mostly chose Corollas, 810s, and RX-7s over Stradas, Bravas, and X1/9s, in spite of Fiat offering up to 400 bucks off the sticker price!
Amid the souped-up Subarus and maxed-out Mitsubishis one of the fastest street-legal cars in Israel is actually a 10-second Fiat X1/9 powered by a heavily modified 2.0-liter Lancia Integrale motor. The Middle East is crazier than you thought.
We get quite a few suggestions for EOTD honors and we try to get to all of them, but a tip from a Fiat X1/9 racer always gets jumped to the front of the line!
It's just not racing without Italian cars, and we're fortunate that mere mortals are so terrified of Fiats and Alfas that the prices are quite reasonable for not-so-perfect examples. Sadly, one of the promised X1/9s didn't show, but the red-white-and-green was still amply represented at the Arse Freeze.
Most racers see a blown head gasket as a huge setback, but not Tony, Tony, Tony, and Tony from the Italian Stallions Fiat X1/9 race team. They know it's time to fix it again!