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The X1 was the Fiat's first FF vehicle development project code for the 1970s, and the X1-1 was the basis for the Fiat 128 announced in 1969.
Until the 1960s, Fiat, including Nuova Cinquecento, had a lineup of RR for compact cars and FR for medium-sized cars and more, but in order to produce efficient mass models at lower cost, many I had finally worked on the development of the front wheel drive car (FF), a long-standing dream of Dante Giacosa, who has been working on Fiat vehicles. The development of the mini by Alex Issygonis was undoubtedly inspiring the Giacosa, and the Giacosa front-wheel drive system overcome the shortcomings of the Issygonis style and has since been used in many FF models.
The 850 spider, which became a huge hit in the United States in the 1960s, was also based on RR. Fiat executives then ask Bertone, who spawned the 850 spider in Carrozzeria, to propose a small sports car based on the FF 128. Bertone has proposed a Targa top roof sports car that takes advantage of the concept of the small midship concept car "Runabout". It was successfully adopted, rejecting the counterplans of FF and FR. This is where Project X1 -9, the 9th project of the X1, which will serve as the prototype for a mass-produced compact midship car, comes in.
He made his debut in 1972. First, the 1300 cc type was introduced, and in 1975, the 5 mile bumper type, which complies with the regulations of the United States, debuted. The engine displacement will be increased to 1500 cc in 1978. It was marketed under the Fiat brand until 1982, after which it continued to be produced until 1989 under the name of Bertone, who was in charge of development and production.
Even though it is equipped with the engine of a mass-produced car, it is a mid-ship sports car with a weight of less than 1 ton, and the fact that the Gian Paolo Dallara was involved in the development made it a sports car that still attracts many people.
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It was imported by Toho Motors which was the official importer at that time, and it is probably the 1300 series of Phase 2, which is the latest model.
It is a miraculous full original vehicle that will never appear again. There are many parts with aging deterioration such as small scratches, but overall the condition of the interior and exterior is good and there is no anxiety. The outline of the car is not broken.
And the combination of light blue exterior and brown interior is very stylish. From the point of view of the X1 -9 character, it's also a miracle that it has survived without being repainted in flashy colors.
Above all, it is impressive that there is a decal like a black ladder left. There was also a Nuccio Bertone sign sticker on the left and right, which was numbered consecutively. That is, Niki Lauda's car, which became an F1 champ in 1977, is number 0001, but this car is number 2289.
Japanese cars are not supplied with such a powerful engine due to emission regulations. But when I actually ride it, I don't have any worries even at full throttle. I certainly feel slow, but the comfortable handling is impressive, and I think it embodies the fundamental joy of driving that a car competing for power can never enjoy.
If you want a fast car, just buy the latest model. An old but well-designed car has the essence of driving, sensing motion with your five senses, moving with your head, mind and body, and gradually becoming one with the machine.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Hidehiro Tanaka
Published on November 2018
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