The miniscule mid-engined Fiatís lines were the work of Bertone, the Italian design house responsible for some of the best supercars the world has ever seen: the Lamborghini Miura, the Countach and the Lancia Stratos.
But the X1/9 wasnít Bertone bunging together a supercar copy years after the exotica dried up, oh no. Bear this in mind: Ferrariís first mid-engined car was the Dino which cropped up in 1968.
It wasnít until 1977 that the X1/9 arrived in the UK in RHD form and it soon attracted a cult following. At one point it was the biggest selling mid-engined car in the world and to many people it was their chance to drive a baby supercar.
It changed little over the years apart from the 1290cc unit changing to the 1498cc four from the Strada, and the addition of some extra bits of plastic.
So, you canít surely get a decent X1/9 for under a grand, I hear you say. Of course you can Ė and it should look something like this.
Here we have a 53,000 miles í86 X1/9 that has tax and test, reconditioned original alloys, a stainless steel exhaust and a very tidy interior that would suggest the mileage is genuine.
Obviously there is always the slim chance that underneath that shining bodywork the structure is as solid as a chocolate chip cookie, but hey, itís Italian. All this for £950, and you get to walk into a pub and say you drive a mid-engined Italian sports car. Just donít mention the F-wordÖ