Matchbox Mania: Tomica Fiat X1/9 Survivor

Yesterday we saw my Fiat-Abarth 131, which by any objective measure is a toy worthy of admiration. The funny thing is, I don’t remember playing with it as a child. But I do remember this orange 1977 Tomica Fiat X1/9. In fact, it was my favorite matchbox car, and that might explain its slightly less beat-up appearance. The doors open, but I suppose that Tomica figured that no one wanted to peer under the engine cover at the horrors lurking within, as the engine cover is fixed in place. It’s one of the more detailed ones I have, with an impressively tiny injection-molded interior and a minuscule “X1/9” in relief on the decklid. Unlike the real thing, it hasn’t fallen victim to pervasive tin-rot as soon as it was exposed to air … it’s survived 33 years, solid as ever. A survivor!

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  1. Maxichamp Avatar

    I've got that exact Tomica model in the same color, albeit in better condition.
    On my work desk, I've got eight (8) Nick Heidfeld F1 cars and a truly awesome (pats self on back) Minichamps retail display case that is holding 1/43 models of a McLaren F1, 930 Turbo, 993 Turbo, 959, Miura, Citroen SM, 300SL Gullwing, 450SEL 6.9, Mark I Quattroporte, and Aston Martin Lagonda. Whew, that was a mouthful, and then some.

  2. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    There's a guy around the corner from me with 2 X1/9s. I need to talk to that guy.

    1. pj134 Avatar

      Just don't get pregnant this time… I know how you "talk".

  3. packratmatt Avatar

    Tomica was the best you could get when I was a kid. Nothing seemed to have more detail and more working features. I had two of the Fiats, one orange and one lime green with skinny wheels.

    1. Alff Avatar

      This one is very accurate – right down to the gaps at the top of the windshield and the missing trim from the ends of the bumpers.

  4. LTDScott Avatar

    I have fond and not so fond memories of that exact car in that exact color. I had (and I think still have) that car, and it was one of my favorites to play with, along with other Tomicas (I agree with packratmatt).
    But I still remember one horrible day at school in first grade, when I was playing with this car (my classroom had another one) when I got sick and vomited all over my pants. My parents were called and I was walked out of school in my underwear, and my enemy (a bully who I hated with all my guts) laughed at me so much that it's still etched into my memory today. Horrible day.
    I accidentally brought the classroom Fiat home with me, so I ended up with two of them. Amazing I still remember that, while I'm hard pressed to tell you what I did last weekend.

  5. Jeffie Was Here Avatar
    Jeffie Was Here

    I had an Ertl X1/9. It was white with some sort of race car livery. I believe the engine cover opened, but not the doors. It was a big favorite of mine. Mine was much like this: