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March 25 2005 at 7:44 AM
Myron Samil in Toronto 

Response to Thats more of what I have in mind for a New X1/9

If the X1/9 was sold with an automatic, you'd be surprised how many more would be sold in the US...

Mazda would have shot themselves in the foot if the RX7, Miata, or any of their other cars were only sold in manual versions.

Same with the new Corvette. The Pontiac GTO is a sports car, BUT manual is a $685 option!! Automatic is 'standard'!!! (hey, that thing has a 400hp LS2 engine!!).

I'd be ordering my X1/9 with a manual gearbox, however, if some beautiful woman wants to buy one and doesn't know how to shift gears manually, by all means, offer an automatic...

You'd be surprised just HOW many automatic sports cars are out there ( I know, terrible!!). Look at the Ferrari 400. Although it isn't a real sports car, it is a Ferrari! Ok, now, look how many are manual vs Automatic.... I can't seem to find a manual one if my life depended on it! I saw one for auction (1979 model, carbed) and it was manual, but every SINGLE one I see on Ebay is an automatic!! ahhhhh!! V-12 with auto?!?! A GM auto box as well!

Offering both on a X1/9 would be beneficial to car sales, and you'd be amazed by how many people would buy the auto version, but I bet none of us X fanatics will .


Myron Samila
Toronto, Canada
1978 Fiat X1/9 1500cc/4spd/daily driver
1982 Fiat X1/9 1500cc FI/Faza 35/75/weekender
1982 Fiat X1/9 1500cc dual 45/DCOE GT race car
1987 Volvo 760 GLE daily&winter beater
1987 Alfa Romeo Milano (Gold) sold,

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