Power first came from a 1.3-liter straight-four with just 75 horsepower and mated to a four-speed manual. It was fun to drive and it embodied the essential rear-wheel-drive element that made it a true sports car. In addition to its sports car engineering purity, the X1/9 also looked great, thanks to an exterior design by none other than Marcello Gandini, who worked for Bertone at the time. As any enthusiast knows, this is the man responsible for the designs of many classics, including the Lamborghini
Miura and Countach, Lancia Stratos and the first generation BMW
5 Series, to name just a few.