The Fiat X1/9 was launched in 1972 as a successor to the 850 Spider. Unlike the 850 models, the X1/9 was mid-engined and featured a targa top to meet upcoming US safety regulations.
The drive-train came from the 128 Sedan, which was relocated behind the seats to drive the rear-wheels. The design was by Bertone, developed for production from a Gandini designed prototype called the Runabout.
The car was quite a success, especially on the US market. Fiat produced about 140,000 of them until 1982, After that Bertone produced and sold another 20,000 until 1989, when it was finally retired.
The model is another Norev Jet-car from about the late 70s. While it is nice enough, it does look a bit “off” from some angles, especially around the back. But look, the engine bay opens - that’s rare for a Norev.
The wheels are cheesy as always, and the steering wheel is missing. On some Norevs, they fell off as soon as you took them out of the package. On others, it wasn’t even there to begin with.
Here’s two X1/9 related cars I would like to see as model (though they might exist already?)
The Dallara racing version (By Adriano, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?cu…)
and a Brazilian replica called the Dardo Corona, of which I know nothing.
Buonanotte a tutti!