• Dec 18, 2006
We know that eBay's slogan says "You can get it on eBay," and for the most part that's really a great thing. Let's just say that certain Autobloggers appreciate the fact that there's a place on the web where one can easily acquire a mint-condition print advertisement for the 2-door 1970 Chrysler Imperial whenever the urge to do so strikes.

Sometimes, however, a longer perusal of the site uncovers finds that are so startling, one can only think, "Well, yes, you can get it... but should you?" Such is the case with the 1979 Fiat X/19 seen above. It began life as one of the attractive little Bertone-bodied 2-seaters. While we admit that many of the ones we see today (at least in this writer's Northeastern habitat) are in lamentably poor shape, we're pretty sure that we prefer stock examples, no matter how sad and rusted, to this.

Plenty more... follow the jump for the rest of it, including photos.

Thanks to Horst for the tip!

[Source: eBay]

The X/19 you see here has been fitted with a 400 small-block Chevy V8. We have no problem with folks stuffing V8s into small European cars. Had there been a way to retain the Fiat's stock looks to complement the American power, we'd be standing up and applauding. However, that didn't appear to be possible, and the owner saw fit to rebody the Fiat in such a manner that it now looks ready to battle advancing AT-ATs on the ice planet Hoth.

The seller describes it as being "one-of-a-kind" (no arguments here), "streetable" yet "hard to drive" (we can only imagine) and feels that it "needs to be in a museum" (or perhaps Ripley's Believe it or Not). He closes by calling it "the true meaning of hotrod" (we surrender). The cherry on top is the asking price: $40,000 (our wallet surrenders).

We'd like to take this opportunity to offer prospective buyers an important reminder:
Their armor's too thick for blasters. You'll have to use your tow cable.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like someone installed a garden shed on the back of that poor car. It's a good thing its all metal. That means its worth about 10 cents a pound.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL! This reminds me of a friend I used to have that was gonna buy a cheap lamborghini kit and install it on a fiero.
      • 8 Years Ago
      this might be the ugliest vehicle i've ever seen...autoblog should do a "ugliest mods ever" RR series...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh the humanity!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      oh... my.... gawd...

      I have to admit, I have a soft spot for X/19's. My future brother in law had one in high school, and it was go-kart fun. The Lancia Statos inspired design was such a keen capture of 70s zeitgeist as well.

      This however, is ... butchery. The (I hesitate to use the word) designer obviously wasn't paying attention when the famous phrase "less is more" was uttered. Unless he was hired to create a 70's B-movie Sci-fi prop car, he failed at whatever goal he was aiming for.

      His asking price is ... laughable. Just because it cost that much to build does NOT make it worth that much, sorry.

      --chuck

      • 8 Years Ago
      All I can say is Hahahahahahahahaha. I also read the description and furthermore, I can add Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

      This has to be a bad joke.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Half X / Half winnebago...

      My god, what an abortion. I'll give him 40,000 peso's for it tho'
      • 8 Years Ago
      Homer's car lives !!
      • 8 Years Ago
      #9

      Seriously?
      • 8 Years Ago
      My mother's Fiat X/19 burned to the ground at a stoplight while her sister was driving it (long time ago). She noticed the seat getting a little warm (back in those days when heated seats weren't a good thing) and jumped out. She then stood on the curb and watched it roast its way down to the asphalt. There is something about Italian cars and spontaneous combustion that has yet to be explained to me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This just screams "late 1970s sci fi", or a concept car that was never built. I love the red/orange/yellow striping on the side. It is oh-so-period specific.

      But how do you park this thing without scraping nearby cars? That big front end would look like a nightmare to try to navigate with. No rear window, huh?

      I'm okay with wedge-shaped design. But this makes the TR-7 look like a supercar.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Stefan Eriksson should be sentenced to driving this car for the rest of his life.
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