Updated 22 February 2021

In November 2014, I purchased a neglected White Bertone from Victoria that had been destined to be scrapped or parted out, as it had a long list of repairs that were required.

As I did not own a white Bertone, and I did not want to see it get parted out, I bought it an got it back on the road, thanks to Peter Bartold.  After a few trips down to Victoria to fix what I could, as well as Peter’s handy work, it was back on the road.

As I was out of time to do the Great Ocean Road, I decided to go and meet the car in Adelaide and take it through the twisting roads of the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley, and visit some wineries.  

The South Australian countryside is only a short distance from the city centre and in no time or traffic, you can be winding your way through the hills and valleys. With a posted 80km speed limit, these roads were made for the X1/9 and breaking the speed limit is close to impossible with the twists and bends of these amazing roads.

We also had a opportunity to stop for lunch at the historic town of Hahndorf, with it’s early German settlement history makes the town have a European feeling about it, and Kransky are sold on every corner.

My plan was to send it to Adelaide to do the Great Ocean Road and attend Autoitalia Adelaide.  Unfortunately I was unable to make it to the show and complete the Great Ocean Road as we ran out of time as we got stuck in Bali due to the volcanic ash cloud, but my car did thanks to Graham Zacher from the X1/9 Australia Facebook group.

The trip included visiting, and of course tasting, at various wineries along the way, and experiencing the interesting phenomena of the Whispering Wall, located at the Barossa Reservoir.

Our accommodation was at the Barossa Pavilions in Lyndoch, this stunning property offers spectacular views and luxury accommodation in the heart of the Barossa. The car is on it’s way back to Sydney now via transport, my plan is to fix up a few more things and then when ready send it back to Adelaide to complete the Great Ocean Road.

We stopped at the local farms to pick up some of the freshest cherries we've ever tasted, we then found our way to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.  The well-presented museum has a large range of cars and bikes and included a 1975 130 Coupe.