How Dealing With Classic Rally Cars Can Improve Your Family Life

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. » 2/10/15 10:22am 2/10/15 10:22am

Can A Honda K20 Motor Fix This Flawed Fiat?

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? » 8/31/14 11:58am 8/31/14 11:58am

The Fiat X1/9 Is Dynamic, Whatever That Means

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. » 8/03/13 9:00am 8/03/13 9:00am

This Bertone Concept Was Turned Into The Fiat X 1/9

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. » 4/03/13 10:05am 4/03/13 10:05am

The Fastest Fiat You’ve Ever Seen

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. » 3/05/12 1:00pm 3/05/12 1:00pm

The 1980 Fiats Strike Fear Into Honda and Toyota

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! » 6/05/10 11:00am 6/05/10 11:00am

Fastest Street Legal Car In Israel A Fiat X1/9?

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. » 1/19/10 12:30pm 1/19/10 12:30pm

Engine Of The Day: Fiat SOHC

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! » 8/30/09 4:30pm 8/30/09 4:30pm

24 Hours Of LeMons Arse Freeze-A-Palooza Über Gallery: Pasta Burners

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. » 1/09/09 2:00pm 1/09/09 2:00pm

Italian Stallions' Fiat X1/9 Totally Reliable At LeMons, Other Than The…

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! » 12/31/08 4:30pm 12/31/08 4:30pm

Two X1/9s, Three Alfettas To Turn Arse-Freeze-A-Palooza 24 Hours Of…

We're about ready to wrap up the year's 24 Hours Of LeMons racing season with the infamous Arse Freeze-A-Palooza race » 11/04/08 3:00pm 11/04/08 3:00pm, which is designed to destroy families- already fraying at the seams after months of frantic wrenching on the property-value-lowering "race car" in the driveway- by starting on the day after Christmas.…

Monster Fiat: What Would Carrozzeria Bertone Think?

When you're in Tennessee and you have a Fiat X-1/9 parked next to a Ford F350, what do you do? Why, you combine » 10/08/08 8:00am 10/08/08 8:00am them, of course! This 351M-powered creation needs some work to be a reliable daily driver (the brakes don't work, the fuel is kept in an old air tank, the engine runs badly because it's "cold natured" and so…