While advanced in design, Fiat's X1/9 was ephemeral in its execution, and few have stood the test of time. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe '78 however has not only passed time's test, it went back for some alloy-rim extra credit.
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.
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.
Many, many moons ago my band practiced next to a garage filled with speed freaks. Three dudes, who shall remain nameless, sat inside all day, every day, chain smoking, blowing lines and building stuff. One day I showed up for practice and my formerly 600 watt bass amp now pumped out 6,000 watts. Sure, it sounded like…
The eBay listing states this custom car's case emphatically, "This is the true meaning of hot rod." Hmm. Let's look at the facts objectively:
Quick break from Maximum Mopar Day. Reader Ben suggested this, and while we've considered posting it for a a while, we thought we'd drop a train on y'all in the form of Angeleno X1/9 footage, not to mention the inclusion of the greatest Van Halen cover ever covered. Ever. We Jam Econo is available on DVD as of this…