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Monday, October 30, 2006



We are currently restoring a 1988 X1/9 (one of 666 imported to the US and the last year imported). This is the 7th X1/9 I have owned over the past 30 years and is still great fun to drive to this day. One of these were used as a very reliable daily commuter with 200,000+ miles on the odometer. In many ways, it's chassis is better than most two seaters built today, but great chassis designs are not what this market values in a car, power and acceleration has far greater market appeal. The Lotus Elise is what the X1/9 could have been if development continued instead of being neglected. The X1/9 is currently under reconized, under appreciated great classic.

Angel C

I had a '78 in red with tan leather; a '75 in black with black vinyl; and an '81 in chocolate brown w/gold metal flakes and tan leather/canvas (?).

The '75 took out a fire truck's stabilizer leg as I wedged the car underneath. And the '81 came to an undignified end on the front lawn... then I towed the albatross to a new front lawn when I moved.

So sad.

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