1987 Bertone X1/9 FS in Austin TX

Discussion in 'FS&W Forum' started by jrt, Oct 5, 2019.

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  1. jrt

    jrt Daily Driver

    Location:
    Friendswood, TX
  2. WantAnX1/9

    WantAnX1/9 Stuck in gear, leaking fluids, fire in progress...

    Location:
    Earth
  3. myronx19

    myronx19 True Classic

    Location:
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Nice car! - I'd buy that!
     
  4. nichol01

    nichol01 True Classic

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    pennsylvania
    Your looking for a nice car, this looks real good. Maybe you should jump on this one. And I see your from earth so your pretty close.:)
     
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  5. Cratecruncher

    Cratecruncher True Classic

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    Austin
    I was thinking of giving this fellow a call for a look see. Given this car's current state of health I think his price is a wee optimistic. Lets hope he's a flexin' Texan.
     
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  6. Karfrik

    Karfrik Albert

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    FtWorth Texas USA
    It was hit in the front and fixed using another X for parts which he offers in the sale. So make sure you get the whole story and pics about this accident
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2019
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  7. WantAnX1/9

    WantAnX1/9 Stuck in gear, leaking fluids, fire in progress...

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    Earth
    I like the style of the earlier X 1/9s. Just more my style...but this one sure is pretty!
     
  8. Cratecruncher

    Cratecruncher True Classic

    Location:
    Austin
    I met the current owner Jack today and went for a ride in his car. He's a total gearhead like myself and we spent almost as much time talking about our other projects as we did about the '87. He's really into small flying boats right now.

    The 10 year old repaint presents well including the left front corner that was impacted by a lady in a jeep while parked. It sounded like the jeep drove over the top of the car! The body shop that did the work replaced the fender, nose, hood and left headlight, then resprayed the entire car including door jambs. It matches well with the original paint in the engine compartment. I inspected inside the left headlight compartment and saw only some slight panel marks where the inner fender was straightened at the front. If I hadn't been looking for it I'd never have known. I inspected the usual areas looking for rust and only found one tiny area at the bottom of the driver door that looked like it might be starting to bubble and there is a spot of surface rust on the rear grille visible in the photos. Body panel gaps all look good. The top looks like the seals and drip edges need replacement. Other weather stripping looked good. The velour on the seats will need to be replaced but the original seat covers are still intact under the slip covers. The dash is cracked in 3 or 4 places. All the gauges look good and function normally. The glove box hinge is broken as usual. Black carpet looks surprisingly good. I think floor mats have always been installed.

    Mechanically, the engine was struggling to hold a smooth idle. I personally think it's a vacuum leak allowing in unmetered air but didn't have a chance to spray it. There was a makeshift silicone repair done to the auxiliary air circuit that looked suspect. Jack, the owner thinks it may be that or stale gas. I'd bet the ribbed inlet hose is cracked somewhere too. I really don't think it's because of the lightened flywheel. We got the car out on the feeder road and ran it up to about 6000 rpm. The engine sounded good in the upper range so I don't think it's cat restricted. No overheating was observed and the car warmed up at the same rate as mine. I was able to determine the car does have the thermostat installed. Brakes and clutch appeared to work well though I didn't drive it myself. The car's hoses are hard and some are starting to crack. It will need new hoses all around. I didn't get a chance to assess the steering and suspension properly but felt and heard nothing extraordinary in the drive. Jack replaced the steering rack in the past because of a failed bushing.

    The a/c condenser is off the car but included in the sale along with many other parts, repair manuals, and Bosch Injection books. There are also major service records for the Vic's engine work and body repairs and several other things I took pictures of. Bottom line, I think with a bit of mechanical and interior work this would make a nice attractive driver in short order. I asked about the price. Jack said he is willing to flex some. I took some pictures of the car and records. PM me if you'd like to see them. Lets help this nice survivor find a caring home!
     

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