Designed by Bertone and produced by the Italian manufacturing giant, the 1972 Fiat X1/9 was designed to offer drivers around the world the same kind of mid-engine driving experience you could get from driving, say a Lamborghini. It was styled very aggressively, and was widely praised for, but what drivers liked most was the fact that it was so easy to drive. It was comfortable, beautiful and handled like a charm. The Fiat X1/9 was equipped with a targa roof that could be removed and stored in the trunk at the front of the car, and had pop-up headlights that preserved the integrity of the lines. Of course, those lines were soon ruined by the addition of immense rubber bumpers, but that’s neither here nor there.
The one place were the X1/9 was lacking, unfortunately, was its engine. It’s not that it was bad, just under-powered. The little car was fitted with a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produced 85 horsepower. Performance was adequate, with a 100 horsepower top speed and a 0-60 time of 13 seconds, however it was far from enough to take full advantage of the car’s nimbleness. A more powerful engine was made available in 1978, which partially addressed those issues.
The 1972 Fiat X1/9 remained in production at Fiat until 1982, when it was taken over by styling house Bertone, which kept it in production, with the Bertone badge and name, until 1989.