Way back in 1972, Fiat showed off this wild styling concept of a small electric city car called the X1/23. By 1976, the company had installed a 13.5 HP front-drive motor, and a rack of nickel-zinc batteries behind the pair of seats. It was good for about 45 miles per hour, and had a range of about 50 miles. It was slow and unusual looking, but small and zippy enough for local congested European city streets.

I saw a picture of this car on social media, and knew I needed to delve deeper into the history of it. While searching for more information, I found that Jason Torchinsky had already covered this back in 2015, and frankly did a better job than I would have been able to. That just goes to show, I’ll never be able to out-Torch the Torch.

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Bradley Brownell

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