The New Zealand story

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The information on X1/9’s in New Zealand is not well documented. However this is what I have found so far from local knowledge. The following Information was contributed by Ian and Mark in early 2015 both X1/9 owners in New Zealand.

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According to the Motor Vehicle Register of all currently registered cars in New Zealand of 2013 there was 162 registered X1/9’s Fiat or Bertone’s. The Motor Vehicle Register did not determine the differences between the models so all we have is a total number of cars at the time.

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Some documentation quotes that New Zealand received only the Bertone models as full imports as new.  

Published numbers quoted are 11 x 1982, 2 x 1983 and 48 x 1988.

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All other imports are considered grey imports as second hand. 

Most of the grey imports were cars with very low mileage from the UK, some as low as 35 miles on the clock.

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This was done to avoid paying the outlandish import duties of 50%. This duty was introduced to protect the local car industry. Used cars had a import duty of around 12.5% so consequently most Fiat X1/9's were ordered through a friendly dealer in the UK and then resold as secondhand back to New Zealand owners.

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In more recent times, as the New Zealand government de-regulated the Motor Industry, some more used X1/9's have been privately imported, mainly by Kiwi's returning to NZ after living overseas for some time. No import penalty applies in these instances.

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The last imported X1/9’s were the Bertone’s in 1988.  These were all carbureted and displayed miles and kilometers on the speedo. The specifications and colours available reflected the same as the UK stock. The VINs are about 230 below the Australian FI model received. The spreadsheet below is a list of the 48 Bertone’s imported in the late 80’s, about 15 remain on the road others are missing or wrecked.

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There are very few sales and information on cars over there and was hoping to track down more. Please email me if you’re from NZ and can contribute to this information. info@x19.nz

Updated 13 December 2018

1978

NZD$7500.00

Series 1

160,000Km

UK Import

1.3 Carb / 4 Speed

128AS0086155

1978

NA

Series 1

105,000Km

UK Import 1979

1.3 Carb / 4 Speed

128AS0090603

1979

N/A

Series 2

Unknow

Unknow

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

128AS0098326

1980

NSD$2600

114000Km

UK Import 2014

Series 2

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZFA128AS000115090

1980

N/A

Series 2

Unknow

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZFA128AS000123319

NA

Series 2

1981

1.5 ? / 5 Speed

90,000Km

ZFA128AS000134309

1980

NZD$10,500

Series 2

158,200Km

USA Import converter RHD

1.5 FI / 5 Speed

ZFA128AS000134346

1981

NZD$6050

Series 2

122944Mil

UK Import

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZFA128AS000137985

1981

N/A

Series 2

Unknown

1.5 ? / 5 Speed

ZFA128AS000138412

For Auction

1981

93,000Mil

Jan-2017

Series 2

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZFA128AS000138570

Registered

1982

NZD$5000.00

Series 2 (IN)

93,000Km

UK Import

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZBB128AS007149194

1982

Unknown

Series 2 (IN)

93,000Km

UK Import

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZBB128AS007149197

1988

NA

Series 3

140,000Km

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

Unknow

1988

NA

Series 3

?Km

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZBB128AS007163561

1988

NA

Series 3

?Km

Imported to Austraia Sep 2010

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZBB128AS007163564

N/A

1989

?Mil

Not for Sale

Series 3

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZBB128AS00716575

Registered

1988

1988

NA

NA

Series 3

140,000Km

NZ Delivery June 1989

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZBB128AS007163577

1988

1988

NA

NA

NZ Delivery June 1989

140,000Km

Series 3

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

Series 3

ZBB128AS007163582

1988

1988

NA

NA

140,000Km

NZ Delivery June 1989

NZ Delivery June 1989

Series 3

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

Series 3

ZBB128AS007163585

$15000.00

1989

34,000Mil

Dec-2016

Series 3

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZBB128AS00716586

Registered

1988

1988

NA

NA

140,000Km

140,000Km

NZ Delivery June 1989

NZ Delivery June 1989

Series 3

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

1.5 Carb / 5 Speed

ZBB128AS007163587

ZBB128AS007163587

1988

NA

Series 3

105,000Km

1.5L Carb/ 5 Speed

ZBB128AS007163591

1988

NA

90,000Km

Series 3

1.5L Carb/ 5 Speed

ZBB128AS007163605