Fiat Bertone 128AS (X-1/9), Runs and Drives, recently took out of my garage in Oklahoma after being parked for 18 years.
The car is impeccable and fun to drive, was originally meant for my grand daughter, but times have changed and there is just no motivation on these youngsters to do anything now a days, like we did in the past.
I am an avid Italian Car lover and have 4 Alfa Romeos to put on sale and will start with the Fiat.
Upon opening the mid engine hood had a nest of Birds and of course filled up with
all kind of Nature Goodies, upon cleaning, changing timing belt, oil, clean tank, new spark plugs, gas filter (2) ea, we started her up, and noticed that the engine turned three time and started like nothing happened, time stood still and Voila!! however there was no clutch, so we got new master cylinder and slave and took it for a spin, it was a real dream to go back to my highschool years, I was a child in diapers, happy camper.
The car has minor corrosion, and also the lower sector on the back is 1/2" rusted minor repair, and the drivers side show a little bit of a bubble, but 36 years is doing real well.
I don't know if I should get it reconditioned or sell it like it is, the body shop will charge a mere 1800,00 to do the job, but I think it looks unique to show the original paint job failed on top but still shiny on Bottom.
This car comes from a low humidity place so rust is not an issue, brought in by trailer 4 weeks ago to Miami, Fla.
I changed the Oklahoma title to a Fla Title and is ready for someone that is in love with this era cars.
The tires were bad, can you imagine Pirelli 77 tires on it, so we got new ones, but one thing is for sure I need to get the brakes fixed, the hydraulic liquid left town.
Windows work well, Targa Top is in good condition and overall the car is very well worth to own.
It comes with a Grundig Radio, yes the Europa, that came with the most expensive MB in that era the 6.9 litter.
I have made a video upon cleaning and starting it, and it shares sounds like a nice
sowing machine, if you need information on this do not hesitate to give me a e-mail.
No busted lights, the dashboard of course is cooked and has that familiar crack in the middle, the oil pressure gage works, the gas is not working so well, the charging of the battery is well, so alternator is good at 13.5 volts.
There is an issue that as a new owner I would take care of, it is the converter that is attached to the engine exhaust, this is an extra weight, also extra heat and there is no need for this, I have found a place that sells the 4 tip muffler for this and it looks like a mini Ferrari.
Well, the interior is still original and seat has a rip here and there but still the Bertone Seats.
This car is as original as it came.