Last Call: Sea Air Edition

Evidently, the ad agency couldn’t get through a modeling session with just one Fiat X1/9. I’m guessing the first one rusted away from the salty seaside environment prior to the end of the model’s contracted session.
Last Call indicates the end of the Hooniverse broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

Tanshanomi is Japanese [単車のみ] for "motorcycle(s) only." Though primarily tasked with creating two-wheel oriented content for Hooniverse, Pete is a lover of all sorts of motorized vehicles.


    1. The way he just casually hangs the tail out on a mid engined car like it was low speed antics in an AE86 – respect.

  1. My loft dustout has produced these photos that I took as a 12 year old in 1994, with a plastic box build around a spring operated shutter that I optimistically called a “camera”. Here is Volvo’s first representation in my hometown, four years after German reunification, with a focus on their smallest offer: The 400-series. The round-edge facelift was brand new as of 1994. Used cars were still hard to come by due to the East sucking up everything on four wheels to catch up with the capitalists. The 240 and 940 with their legendary reputation were hard to come by.

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  2. I’ve never had the opportunity to drive an X1/9, but it looks fun. I always wondered how it compared to the Toyota MR2 Mk1 that it apparently inspired. (I assume the latter car was more powerful, but beyond that?)

    1. Not had the opportunity to drive an X1/9 either, but you’re talking at least a good 40bhp power difference between an X1/9 and an naturally aspirated 4AGE MK1 MR2. The X1/9 was lighter, but they really should have given it more poke in the later years. Fiat logic – fit a weedy engine in one of the finest handling cars they’ve ever made, but put a 2 litre turbo in the Strada FWD hatchback and watch it torque steer into hedgerows. Go figure.

    2. I found the steeringat low speeds in the X1/9 to be slightly better, but the one I drove had the thin standard tyres. On the very same day I drove a Mk1 MR2, in EVERY other respect it was a vastly better car to drive, as you would expect, as it is, after all a considerably newer design. Better build quality, ride, handling, turn in at speed, seat comfort, driving position, braking, power delivery, power, everything.
      But you can’t tell the Eurosnobs or Brandsnobs. It’s like a guy I know who continues to insist that a Triumph Spitfire is a superior car to a Mazda MX5.

        1. An Uno Turbo engine is an easier swap, if you can get one. I wonder if later Fiat engines are compatible? An X1/9 with a Punto HGT engine would be brilliant.

  3. Not sure about the blue one but the silver is a “Bertone X19” from that brief period in the early 80s when Fiat surrendered the American market and brought in design house mercenaries

    1. Somebody got a pat on the head for making sure the front and rear wheels were at the same point in rotation on both shots.

      1. I’m convinced that the image with the blue car is edited. I realize Photoshop wasn’t a thing back then, but there’s no way they got a different car in the exact same position. The unnaturally-bright blue car doesn’t have a blue reflection in the wet sand.

          1. You have to admire the work that must have gone into the retouches, but damn, wouldn’t it have been easier to just stage a better photo??

          2. I’m guessing perhaps the photo was shot before the final configuration was determined? Part of my job as a publications specialist is product photography, and I am often tasked with creating images of parts when they still only exist IRL as engineering drawings. (But I fortunately have have CAD, Illustrator, and Photoshop apps to rely on.)

        1. Not to mention how loooooong her right leg is in the silver car picture when compared to her left leg or upper body.

  4. I always liked these and had an older next door neighbor who owed one. He had the typical rust issues (battery tray being notorious culprit). His was a goldishy color if I remember correctly. Still for a young car obsessed kid, I though he was the coolest dude.

  5. Dad bought my mom a red X/19 in the disco era… really. It had an aftermarket 8 track playing Saturday Night Fever.
    With dad driving, I’d sit in my mom’s lap while my little brother slid in behind the passenger’s seat. Good grief.
    The engine started to flake, dad didn’t want to put the time or money to hire Tony to fix it. Sold off, and was later replaced with a cut/shunt 80/79 MGB which stayed in the family until a few years ago.
    Good times.

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