Fiat x19 review




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  • The Fiat X1/9 has an awful lot going for it as an inexpensive wind-in-the-hair fun car. So it seems unfair that, they're still unloved in the trade.

    Classic Fiat X1/9 Review It brought mid-engined motoring to the masses, but a quarter of a century after the last X1/9 was made, the number of survivors has.

    I've had the opportunity to drive two examples of the Fiat X1/9. North Carolina, to photograph his Fiat X1/9 (well, actually a Bertone X1/9) for a .. mention in media reviews, yet these are the factors that makes a car special.

    Fiat x19 review

    Fiat x19 review

    I'm surprised these don't have more of a cult following. The instruments are weirdly calibrated, the needles sweep the wrong way, and they're housed in a dash-top pod that looks like a plastic lunchbox. Search car clubs here. Forget the meagre power output and the lack of an overdrive, because the Fiat was fun; pure and simple.

    Fiat x19 review

    Fiat x19 review

    Fiat x19 review

    Fiat x19 review

    Fiat x19 review

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    Rob makes very little headway toward answering the eternal question - when is an engine not an engine? David Morley , Photography by: You whippersnappers might find this hard to believe, but way back when ecstasy was a good thing and sportsmen still had day jobs, mid-engined cars were wonderfully, fabulously exotic. Only true supercars and racing cars sported the engine between the driver and the rear axle, and the rest of us could only dream about such a layout.

    Yep, it was tiny and the thing had some awkward angles mostly involving the plastic bumpers and such but overall, it was instantly recognisable as something pretty special.

    Fiat x19 review

    And if you squinted, you could see a bit of Lancia Stratos in it, too. So, even back then, it was regarded as a bit of a toy for people with too much money. That was only backed up when you looked at the mechanical specification. But even worse was the fact that it had just a four-speed manual bolted to the end of the transversely-mounted engine. Forget the meagre power output and the lack of an overdrive, because the Fiat was fun; pure and simple.

    Until it came to right-hand-drive production, that was in when the driver suddenly had the spare tyre limiting how far back the seat could go on its runners. But better news came in the form of a removable targa roof section which could be stored on board and gave the Fiat a whole new party trick not to mention making the cabin vastly less cramped. But when they did, there was good news. They did overlap in the sales race for a few years, but by then, the Fiat was the superior Bertoneassembled version.

    Fiat x19 review

    On paper, the Toyota had things sewn up. But on the road, it was a different story, and where the Toyota would oversteer on a trailing throttle, the Fiat was actually the tidier handler with more inherent balance.

    The other alternative that falls into the affordable, mid-engined category is the Porsche Some were imported as factory right-hand drive cars, others have been converted. Power for the came from either a 1. Engine oil leaks are a big problem and make sure it starts and runs smoothly or you could be looking at synchronisation problems between the two carburettors. The only other problem with the is that its looks are pretty polarising.

    The engine still made the same 56kW officially but torque took a major hike to now peak at Nm versus the piddly 97Nm of the 1. But all the important stuff remained, too, like the tactile steering and precise gearbox and the balance and poise that only mid-engined stuff can deliver. Would you still make room in the shed for the first Toyota MR2? Some would, others, er, nope. You know it makes sense.

    Fiat x19 review

    Like anything old and Italian, rot can be a big problem. Engines will get smoky before they die and check for crunchy gearshifts particularly between first and second as those Italian-spec synchro rings get to pension-age.

    Make sure you take it for a good drive at freeway speeds, too. Just check with your insurance company first. Sign up to our free weekly newsletter for more unique car reviews and features plus see the latest unique and classic cars for sale.

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