1987 Bertone X1/9 with Functional AC!

By Midwest-Bayless Italian Auto

7.14.18 - This car is sold



This car has 51K one-owner miles.  It has been full refurbished mechanically and cosmetically by Midwest-Bayless after being revealed as a “barn find” earlier this year. 


It has an extremely nice factory interior and exterior, and is a reliable, mechanically sound, un-modified example of the highly sought-after fuel injected Bertone badged X1/9.


Body and Exterior
The body is painted factory monochrome Rosso (red). 

It is the very earliest of the 1987 Interior/Exterior configurations, manufactured in 05/1986, but is a true “1987 model year” vehicle, as noted by the emissions stickers, and distinctive 1987 styling, which includes side mouldings, “phone dial” wheels, and distinctive fonts and controls in the cabin. 

It is straight, with no collision damage or structural rust issues.

High gloss to the original paint. 

It has a few minor dings or chips that can seen in the right light or when viewing at sharp angles but is very straight down the sides.  The majority of the finish is original, with only minor paint correction in select spots of the lower areas.    It can proudly be called an "original finish survivor". 


All of the black plastic and metal trims are in great condition with minimal blemishes.  Air dam and front spoiler are intact.  All lights and lenses are clear, unblemished.  All original St. Gobain glass.

Headlights are fully operational, up and down as expected, upgraded to H4 LEDs.

Engine cover is color matched to the car as original to 1987, and its lack of underseam rust is a true testament to the overall condition of the vehicle itself.

Floorpans are excellent, with no rust or damage.

Engine, Fuel, Ignition, Exhaust and Cooling System:
1500cc engine SOHC engine w/Bosch L-Jet. 

Driveline was removed from the vehicle for complete detailing, all new gaskets and seals, timing belt / tensioner replacement and valve adjustment. 

Complete fuel system refurbishment with FI manifold rebuild, fuel pump, filter, lines, and injector seals.

The engine bay is clean with original, uncut wiring.

The cooling system offers rock-solid temperatures and the fan works correctly.

Expansion tank is clean and holds pressure correctly.   Radiator fins are rust free and fans work correctly.  Heater valve and all controls work smoothly.   All hoses have been replaced.

Climate Control 

Heater works correctly, push-button controls work as needed.  Fan is operational at all speeds.

Original Air conditioning system is fully operational and blows R-12 COLD!

Circuits in great shape, with good voltages, even with wipers, lights and heater fan on.   This car features the later style fuse panel with ATC fuses.   All accessories and lights work.  All cabin switches, gauges, fans, horns and clock work as expected.

Power windows are functional on both sides.

Transmission / Clutch / Driveline
The 5-Spd manual transmission is in excellent condition. It shifts flawlessly up and down with no synchronizer or reverse issues. Trans does not whine.  Clutch pack was replaced, and clutch hydraulics (master cylinder / slave cylinder, hoses) were replaced.  

Steering / Suspension / Tires / Wheels / Brakes
Full suspension refurbishment has been performed with fresh KYB struts, new upper strut mounts, front radius rod bushings.  All ball joints have been checked to be OK.  New wheel bearings at all four corners. 

All wheel bearings are solid with no hum or play.  

Braking system has been completely refurbished, with new master cylinder, calipers at all four corners, pads, rotors, hoses and handbrake cables.  

Factory issue 13" Speedline “Phonedial" wheels in excellent condition with original era Pirelli A-509 show tires, and Bertone “b” centercaps.  Car drives straight, tracks true.

Interior / Top
Interior is in excellent condition.  Rare uncracked dashboard and the glovebox works! 

The original greenish tweed seats and door cards have been replaced with a more appropriate factory issue gray tweed, in excellent condition with no tears, stains or repairs.

The Bertone X1/9 from 1983-on features an improved, lowered seat arrangement over earlier X1/9s, giving additional head and leg room to even the tallest of drivers.   

 A factory molded black carpet is clean with good color and minimal blemishes.   No visibly torn or worn areas.  New floor mats.


Targa top has black headliner and is in correct working condition with no chips or damage. 


Original spare tire with minimal use. 


Front  /Rear Trunk
Front shock towers are very clean, another sign of the solid body on the car.  It is fitted with factory issue molded front trunk carpet and battery cover intact.  

Fluid reservoirs in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs.  

Rear trunk floor and access panel frame show minimal weathering and no rust or repairs.

Rear trunk contains original carpet, factory jack and toolkit.

Both lower trunk pockets are excellent.

Factory documentation and original sales receipt included.


This car is available at highest offer.



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



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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 Beta (Scorpion/Montecarlo, Coupe, Sedan and Zagato) and Yugo.