1974 FIAT X1/9
Coupe Car for sale in Bluffton, South Carolina 29910
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Up for sale is an original condition, museum quality 1974 Fiat X1/9. It has been fully refurbished by Midwest-Bayless Italian auto after laying dormant for many years. This car wears its original paint, and original interior. The car was displayed and toured at the Fiat Club of America national gathering in Pittsburgh in July 2015. During the refurbishment process, Midwest-Bayless Italian introduced several performance / appearance upgrades that would have been available to the owner in 1974, making this a truly detailed period sport example. The X1/9 model was produced by Fiat from 1973 to 1982, and by Bertone, the cars coachbuilder, for an additional five years, from 1983-88. Introduced in Europe in 1973, the car was Federalized for North American highway regulations, and began being sold in the USA in 1974. The notable changes for North America include unique bumpers and a higher-than-stock front ride height to meet minimum bumper height rules. This car is a prime example of one of the first Fiat X1/9s built for the North American market, having been built in February. Paint: Sand (code 561) acrylic enamel finish. Most who view the color call it light tan or cappuccino. Interior: Beige interior seat cover, door card and firewall cladding. Carpet: Factory Arancio (Orange). Dashboard and Console: Factory Nero (Black). The body is straight and does not have collision damage or rust of any sort. The 1300cc carbureted engine runs great and gets super mileage. The chassis rides comfortably around town or on the highway. The transmission shifts perfectly in all gears. It wears a dealer option stripe kit, and the original enamel, black and silver badges have full color. All of the plastic trims are in great condition, with nothing broken or repaired. Original fuel tank cap. All lights and lenses are clear, unblemished and operational. Engine cover is excellent with no rust or scale inside or out. It has nearly perfect exterior and interior and is 99% stock. The steel air dam and grille are excellent. Bumpers are perfect examples of the one-year-only, 1974 North America blade style treatment, with no scratches, rust or other damage. Floor pans and underside were factory rust-proofed with no evidence of rust or corrosion. It has been undercoated by the original owner and is 100% solid. It features a 1300cc motor performance engine, fully rebuilt by Midwest-Bayless, prepared to a mild Euro-spec tune. The motor has less than 1,200 miles since its rebuild. It features oversize pistons, longer-duration camshaft, raised compression, mild porting, and manual choke 32-series carburetor. Fuel tank has been internally inspected and given a clean bill of health. New fuel lines and filter. The cooling system features an upgraded stainless-steel expansion tank as a replacement of the original mild-steel unit and new OE style hoses. It offers rock-solid temperatures and the fan works correctly. Original radiator has been cleaned, and the fins are rust free. It has a new heater valve and all controls work smoothly. A dual outlet performance Super Sprint exhaust muffler and downpipe was installed as New Old Stock and has less than 1,200 miles on it. Circuits in great shape, with excellent voltages, even with wipers, lights and heater fan on. Headlights are bright, all accessories and lights work. Headlights pop up and down as expected, all cabin switches work as expected. New Old Stock Carello fog lights are activated by the factory supplied Auxiliary switch in the console, through a period tin-can Sipea relay, in a period-correct installation. The light bar was custom fabricated similar to AMCO offerings. It can be unbolted and removed if desired with no trace of its install. The 4-Spd manual transmission is in excellent condition and shifts flawlessly up and down with no synchronizer issues. Rear transmission mount, drive shafts, CV joints are all in great condition. New inner axle boots were installed. Clutch master, slave, disc and pressure plate were replaced with new, along with a lightened flywheel. All ball joints, tie-rod ends, are in good condition with no issues. Front wheel bearings are new. Carrera performance racing strut inserts and new upper strut mounts were installed at all four corners give the car firm, crisp handling. New forward radius rod bushings have been installed, and factory springs have been modified to give the car a lower stance. The car also has had the camber corrected to accommodate it being lowered. Braking system has been completely refurbished with new master cylinder, flex hoses, rotors, pads. Very rare, mint condition magnesium Cromodora CD-39 13x6 wheels wear new production, period correct DOT-approved Michelin TB15 road rally tires with original metal FIAT center caps. Original Michelin spare tire with hold-down straps. Take this car home and hit the national show circuit today.
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Classic Car ID101108237
Transmission4 Speed Manual
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