1985 Bertone X1/9 

By Midwest-Bayless Italian Auto

This car is sold - 5.4.2020

Up for sale is a solid, well running Bertone X1/9 with recent maintenances.


If you're looking for a solid X1/9 with lots of maintenance records that you can daily drive, this one's for you!


This car is titled by the owner of Midwest-Bayless and will be an individual (not dealer) transaction. 

This car has a 67K miles and a clean bill of health from Midwest-Bayless. 

The 1500cc fuel injected engine runs great.  It cold and hot starts just as expected with one try.  The chassis rides comfortably. 


Body and Exterior
The body is factory blue in what would become the familiar "Bertone" high-waistband two-tone arrangement for 1985-On models.   

This car has been repainted by a previous owner some time ago, and the finish has some minor blemishes, but the vehicle's overall exterior presentation is good, around 80 points.

This car does not have any deep corrosive rust to the unibody.  The main structural areas are solid.   The exterior has a few dings, but no collision damage.   It is the kind of car you can daily drive, and not worry too badly about an errant grocery cart or the occasional trip drive in the rain.

Floorpans are solid and original.

The chassis is solid and accurate enough to warrant the investment of professional repair to the minor cosmetic blemishes shown and repaint for a show level car.

The front air dam, front grille and all front / rear plastic bumper trims are intact.  Original glass in all positions.  Windshield frame is clean.


Engine, Fuel, Ignition, Exhaust and Cooling System
1500cc SOHC engine w/Bosch FI and Bosch electronic ignition

The driveline was removed from the vehicle for comprehensive preventative maintenance.   It received new gaskets front and main oil seals and aux shaft seal.   Valve lash adjustment, timing belt, and tensioner.     Oil pan was removed, rod and main bearings were examined and found in good condition.

Fuel tank was removed and inspected.  New filler neck hose, pump, filter, high and low pressure injection system fuel hoses, and reconditioned injectors.  Starts at the first turn of the key, every time.
Valve stem seals have some wear and the car will give a small puff of oil smoke on start-up if it sits for several days, but it does not burn oil or have a "smoky exhaust" during normal operation.

The engine bay is clean with original, uncut wiring, and all factory AC items present.

Factory exhaust with original downpipe and catalytic converter.

The cooling system has been serviced with new hoses and thermostat.   System offers rock-solid temperatures.  Cooling fan works correctly.  Radiator fins are rust free.  Under car pipes are solid.   

Heater and blower work great, with freshly replaced core.

This car features factory AC set-up, with standard push-button heater controls.  All components are present and accounted for.  The compressor clutch activates as expected, but system does not blow cold.   A professional AC shop can diagnose and take necessary steps to convert to R134 at the same time.


All system grounds have been cleaned and serviced.   System has good voltages, even with wipers, lights and heater fan on.   All accessories and lights work.  All cabin switches, gauges and clock work as expected.

New distributor cap, rotor, plugs and wires.

Headlights have been replaced with L.E.D. H4-style bulbs for exceptional brightness and low current consumption.


Transmission / Clutch / Driveline
The 5-Spd manual transmission is in excellent condition, shifting correctly into all gears with no synchronizer issues, no grinding, reverse works as expected.   Shifter linkage serviced.

 All new clutch hydraulics including master cylinder, slave cylinder and fluid hoses.

New clutch pack (Cover / Disc / Release Bearing)

Axle boots and CVs are good.

Steering / Suspension / Tires / Wheels / Brakes

KYB front struts front and rear.   

Control arm bushings and ball joints are in good condition with no issues.  All wheel bearings are solid with no hum or play.  


Braking system has been recently serviced with new master cylinder, brake pads, flex hoses and rotors.

Front springs have been shortened approx 3/4" to eliminate the stock "nose-high" attitude.  The car sits level and looks normal.

All steering items check out.  The car tracks straight and handles nicely on the freeway and through curves.

Speedline Phone Dial alloy wheels from a 1987 car, with newer Federal 185/60-13 tires.  

Factory spare tire and wheel in excellent condition

Interior / Top

This car features its blue tweed seat covers and door cards, with black plush carpet.  

Dashboard, center console and firewall claddings are factory issue black.   Dashboard has cracks but car includes a carpet dash-mat as shown in previous photo.   The glove box door hinge is unbroken and works correctly! 


Bertone cars had a lower seating arrangement than earlier FIAT vehicles, for improved headroom.   

The interior cushions are supple and all bolsters are properly tied.  The covers are untorn, but slightly sun faded.   Overall the seats are extremely comfortable. 


Door cards are matching the seats, in very good condition.  Doors have the Bosch style power window lifts and work correctly.   Carpet has good color and is untorn.

Targa top was smoothed and painted body color.  All weatherstrips are good.

Front  /Rear Trunk

Factory mat and battery cover intact.  Fluid reservoirs in excellent condition.   

 Rear trunk is presentable with original carpets, mats and blower.

Solid and heavily rustproofed lower trunk pockets.  Factory trunk jack and tool kit included.  

This car is available for $8,750 USD 
or highest offer

614-784-8870 or email to mad.matt@midwest-bayless.com



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 Additional photos or details are available upon request.   Buyer pays all shipping costs.


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Midwest-Bayless Italian Auto is located in Columbus, Ohio, and are a continuation of Bayless Fiat Lancia World, founded in 1971.   We specialize in Fiat and Lancia parts, restoration and racing. We support most Fiat and Lancia models sold in North America including the Fiat 124 Spider, Coupe and Wagon, Fiat X19, Fiat 850, Fiat 128, Fiat 131/Brava, Lancia Scorpion and Beta (Coupe, Sedan and Zagato) and Yugo.