The Fiat Group or Fiat S.p.A. is a world-renowned Italian automobile manufacturer (largest in Italy) responsible for launching and subsequently producing some of the automobile industry's famous and outstanding car models. It manufactures a wide range of vehicles marques such as Fiat Panda, Punto, Stilo, Ide Croma Ulysse and Doblo. In addition, Fiat has also several subsidiary car companies that include Fiat Auto and Ferrari, with the Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Maserati. To top it all, the Fiat Group already garnered a total of eleven "European Car of the Year" awards for the last 40 years. Truly, the Fiat Group or S.p.A. is one of the most competitive when it comes to manufacturing automobiles.
In 1972, Fiat came to introduce one significant vehicle model in the name of Fiat X1/9. It is a 2-seater Targa mid-engine sports car that was designed and conceptualized by the famous Italian car styling and coachbuilding house Bertone. Its production however, was still left to Fiat. In 1976, Fiat introduced a right-hand drive version of the X1/9; and in 1989, the Fiat X1/9 was discontinued. Nevertheless, during the Fiat X1/9's nearly two decades of existence, it was well admired by various groups of owners and enthusiasts. The Fiat X1/9 was notable for unique styling, perfect handling but highly susceptible to fast rust formation under all but the most desiccated of conditions.
Originally, the Fiat X1/9 was first seen in 1969 as a show concept car named Autobianchi A112 Runabout. Its style and design was greatly credited to the chief car designer Marcello Gandini of Bertone. In terms of powerplant, the X1/9 was equipped with an all-new 128 SOHC engine, and its transmission gearbox came from the front wheel drive Fiat 128, a small family car that was introduced in 1969 and was produced until 1985. Such transmission as used in the Fiat X1/9 prototype is quite radical as the whole transverse drivetrain and suspension assembly was relocated from the front of the 128 to the back portion of the X1/9 to become a mid-engine layout.
In terms of style and design, the X1/9 prototype had a distinctive wedge shape and adopted many styling indications from the current powerboat design. Aside from the aggressive C-pillar mounted headlight and small wind-deflector windshield, still, numerous X1/9 prototype aesthetic features were readily associated the mass-produced Fiat X1/9s. Distinguishing features of the Fiat X1/9 include the long flat hood with central indentation, large front overhang, wedge shape with C-pillar roll over hoop, and the car length indented plimsoll-line. If you are looking for Fiat X1/9 automotive parts and accessories then you can start browsing our catalogue. Here at Parts Train, wide array and greats of Fiat X1/9 products are sure to find. Check them out now!