Ebay find: Fiat X1/9 Hotrod?

by William

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One of the perks of having car-type friends is about once a week you get emails full of whacky car stories or strange vehicles for sale. Yesterday one of my friends struck gold with this eBay find.

I know it doesn’t look like it, but this vehicle started out as a 1979 Fiat X1/9. As if the smog era Fiat wasn’t terrible enough the owner hand made this special metal body and transplanted in a giant Chevy V8 and Olds Toronado transaxle. At first I was hesitant to poke fun at this vehicle and its creator because deep down inside I am all for attempting crazy projects. If you want to shoe horn a giant motor into a flimsy Italian car I say go for it, unless it is some rare 1 of 5 Ferrari who cares. It’s your time and money not mine, and it may give me fodder for another blog. But after reading the vehicle description I realized that this one needed a good roasting.

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If you run up the front you can dunk.

Description:
“ONLY ONE OF ONE
400 SMALL BLOCK CHEVY OLDSMOBILE TORONADO TRANSAXLE ASSEMBLY.
ALL HAND BUILT BODY ALL METAL (NOT A KIT CAR).
VEHICLE HAS NO POWER STEERING OR BRAKES, IS LICENSED AND STREETABLE BUT SELDOM DRIVEN AND IS HARD TO DRIVE. (AUTO TRANS BIG CAM) BUT LOOKS LIKE A MILLION BUCKS.

NEEDS TO BE IN A MUSEUM SOMEWHERE.

IT IS EXPENSIVE AND SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY.

THIS IS THE TRUE MEANING OF HOTROD.”

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No garage door needed. Just drive straight in and the back of the car becomes the garage door.

There are a couple statements in this description that are telling.
First statement: “needs to be in a museum somewhere.” Now I’m not sure if there is any museum that would take this car, and if there was who would want to pay to get in?

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The true meaning of hot rod!

Second statement: “This is the true meaning of Hotrod.” Really? When I think of hot rod I usually imagine a Deuce Coupe, or a Model T Ford with a flathead in it, but what do I know?

Third statement: “Vehicle has no power steering or brakes, is licensed and streetable but seldom driven and is hard to drive. (auto trans big cam) But looks like a million bucks.” I have the pleasure of working on plenty of Italian cars with hand made metal bodies and I’ll be the first to admit that few if any are ever perfect; especially Zagato bodied cars they can be downright sloppy. But this car makes a Zagato look like Michelangelo sculpture, the fender cutouts aren’t even round! This creation looks more like a million pesos than bucks. I can understand having a car that isn’t drivable but looks great or vice a versa, but what good is car that looks bad, drives bad, and costs $40,000 plus? Maybe Disneyland can buy it and stick it in future world right next Star Tours, at least it might look the part there.

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Note the angular fender cutouts.

Actual auction: www.ebay.com

-Bill Mertz

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