During 1982, Fiat ended its presence in the U. In 1981 the X19 was nominated as Road %26 Track magazines one of the ten best sports cars. You really can't believe a car can handle this well until you've driven one. Suspensions were all-, of the type on both axles. Currently the clutch doesn't work, and I suspect it's the hydraulics that are playing up, rather than the clutch itself. The soul of this car is in its handling, it loves a narrow country road with lots of curves.
The car is a bit heavy for its size. The all-synchronized 4-speed transmission was also carried over from the 128, though with a taller fourth gear ratio to exploit the sports car's better aerodynamics. It's actually quite zippy if you keep the revs above six grand. Earning its status in automotive history, not many sports cars have endured as long as the X19 without many major styling or mechanical changes during its 16-year production run. Great for soft luggage, poor for lawn mowers and other awkward shapes. General Comments: The car got really happy at 70 mph and above. Car was laid up for about 8 years before I bought it, so most of the early problems were due to this.
Buyers had the option of purchasing alloy wheels, power windows, and air conditioning. Yet it can be driven quietly around town as required. Affixed to the right fender, the identifying label had the Italian flag, a four digit serial number, and Nuccio Bertone's signature. In the Fiat line-up the X model would replace the Fiat 850 Spider as the resident two-seater targa. Some repairs are really hard to do due to access etc. It isn't the fastest car, but the engine is very willing.
Starting system has been converted to a start key and push button high torque starter. Fiat began marketing a variant in 1976. If you have questions just ask. I have enjoyed driving this car to many shows. Vehicle brakes are vital to your safety when driving. Speedometer cable has twisted off due to snake like path under the dash. Four-wheel disc brakes and independent suspension, as well as a four-speed manual transmission rounded out the package.
This mid-engined sports car was designed by Marcello Gandini of Bertone, an individual who had designed many reputable vehicles including Lamborghini. English speaking countries pronounce the name as 'x-one-nine'. The Runabout featured a distinctive wedge shape and took many styling cues from contemporary design. The external modifications were completed by side sill skirts and a rear boot spoiler which was not dissimilar in style to that found on a. Faults: Majority of the problems have been electrical in nature, poor grounding system, wire gauge to small for the load being placed on them. The prototype design was taken from contemporary power boats and the name stood out from the typical Fiat nomenclature. These cars were rated at 61 hp 45 kW.
Leaking calipers and clutch slave cylinder. Year of manufacture 1980 First year of ownership 2001 Most recent year of ownership 2002 Engine and transmission 1. Fuel injected cars were rated at 75 hp 56 kW. This wicked-looking car was designed by Bertone and assembled at the Fiat factory starting with 1972. Claiming that the X19 drove like a Formula One.
Just steer clear of the drag strip. It's powered courtesy of a naturally aspirated engine of 1. Mid-engine handling is an art to master, and proves razor sharp through the turns. This unit features single overhead camshaft valve gear, 4 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. Making it carefully to the shop, it was discovered that 2 coolant pipes running underneath the car had corroded.
Badging switched from Fiat to Bertone. For this, I would like to thank the original owner for the heavy coat of rust proofing. It cornered like a bandit. Please contact me for any questions. The cable that opened the engine cover snapped, but this was easily repaired through the 'rear boot'.
The X19 can transform from coupé to spider with the release of the hard-top roof. The power is transmitted to the wheels via a 5 speed manual gearbox. This thing fun to drive with lots of take off. Front brakes lock in wet, particularly in emergency braking. First year for distributor access panel in spare wheel compartment.