Gian Paolo Dallara, the Parma-born owner of Dallara Motorsports, made an agreement with Fiat in 1973 to develop a racing version of the then-new X1/9. The Dallara X1/9 retained the original passenger compartment, with front and rear space frames extended from the bulkheads to mount engine/box and suspension components. Dallara was the first manufacturer to produce a series of racing X1/9:s, and the Dallara cars are noticeably rare and dear.
This Swedish X1/9 is unlikely to be an actual Dallara car, but appears to be at least a very skillful replica. It also looks the business, and has a noticeably larger engine than the original 1300cc or 1600cc Dallara-tuned units.
The semi-gloss paintjob makes the X1/9 look suitably stealthy, especially with the widely bulging arches and the shaved-off pop-up pods, replaced with parts counter projector headlights. The front features a prominent Alfa Romeo emblem, due to the fact that the car has a midmounted Alfa Romeo “Busso” 3.0 V6 mounted in place of the usual 1300-1500cc Fiat Ritmo four.
The ad puts it nicely, “Extremely entertaining mid-engined car. Has no practical features whatsoever, but is great fun on a winding road or a track day. Good rare alternative to Porsche, Lotus, Maserati, BMW; guaranteed entertainment!”
The X1/9 puts down a 0-402m time of 13,62 seconds, so it’s hardly a slouch.
Inside, there’s not much left of the original X1/9 controls. This is not necessarily a bad thing. In place of the original instruments is a digital gauge panel, and the dashboard appears to be a custom build. There are Momo bucket seats and harnesses to keep you in place.
The seller is asking 145 000 SEK, or best offer. The price translates to a touch under 22 000 USD; it’s up to you to judge whether it’s a sound buy. It’s probably one of the lightest chassis you can fit a singing Alfa Romeo V6, and it’s most likely a good Swedish build.
Hat tip to Perc!