This 34,000-mile 1986 Bertone X1/9 is . Used as a summer driver by the original owner from new until 2015, it's now being sold by the second owner who has only put 200 miles on it.
That's how it's in such astonishingly good shape. Look at that interior. I bet your daily driver doesn't have upholstery that clean.
Designed by Bertone but originally sold as a Fiat, the X1/9 shows how the Italian automaker dealt with the massive changes facing the auto industry at the time.
The two-seat targa was introduced in 1972, when fuel efficiency, emissions, and crash safety were new challenges for carmakers to overcome. That explains the X1/9's unique design: The targa hoop offered open-roof driving with a bulwark against the threat of new rollover crash requirements. The midmounted drivetrain used the small-displacement four-cylinder engine from a Fiat economy sedan. The little sports car even had a rudimentary front crumple zone.
Fiat stopped importing cars to the US market in 1982; from then until 1990, X1/9s were marketed here under the Bertone name. This 1986 example is one of the newest you'll find for sale.
And while its big, 5-mph-impact bumpers aren't as svelte as earlier models, I think there's something important to preserving cars like this. Someday, it may be impossible to find an example of what the cars of the 1980s actually looked like—all the everyday models will have been crushed, while the serious collector cars will be squirreled away in private collections.
An honest, well-loved, gently-used car like this deserves to live out its life as a summer Sunday driver. It's the perfect car for the job. Even if summer is months away. .