1976 Lancia Scorpion

We've featured a few Lancia Scorpions for sale here on Classic Italian Cars for Sale, but I must admit, I think this is the best one yet. Looking sharp in silver over red leather, this mid engined sports car is a rare sight on these shores, as they were only sold here for the 1976 and 1977 model years. Differing from it's foreign market counterpart, the Montecarlo, the US market Scorpion had a smaller 1.8 liter engine, crash bumpers, taller suspension springs and semi pop up headlights, as opposed to fixed, flush units. Still, this car struck a very modern pose in the mid 1970s and they are revered by a small group of enthusiasts to this day. This example is for sale in Arizona and includes an impressive amount of documentation.

1976 Lancia Scorpion

Up for auction is a 1976 Lancia Scorpion Beta sports coupe. This lovely little treasure is exceptionally clean inside and out. Extremely rare and nearly impossible to find in this near mint condition. This Lancia comes equipped with the original factory mid-engine 1.8L twin cam motor mounted to her five speed manual transmission. The Beta also has 4 wheel independent suspension and 4 wheel power disk brakes. Factor Air-conditioning that is complete and a rear defrost window as well. The rack and pinion steering makes the car handle great and a true sports pleasure to drive.

These Lancia Scorpions were only produced in an extremely limited quantity with this unit being number 383 out of about only fourteen hundred for the year 1976. They only produced them for two years total, ceasing production the following year, in seventy seven. The exterior is a stunning silver with red leather upholstery. Factor alloy wheels with Pirelli tires all around. She runs fantastic and hustles down the open road. This Scorpion Beta has a clean, straight and very dry body throughout. The Lancia has a very unique retractable sports roof that opens up and is a sheer pleasure when driving the automobile.

The rarity of this model makes people take notice immediately as the car demands attention. Styling by Pinin Farina attracts all from the Ferrari crowd at any car show it enters or attends. This Lancia has only sixty five thousand original miles with a clean Arizona title and complete factory paperwork including window sticker, shop manuals, dealer literature and much more. This is a fabulous car and will make a great auto for the astute aficionado and avid collector.

This car really does a good job of masking its 65,000 miles, even if this is a nominal amount for a 36 year old car. It's unreal to think this car is that old, as it still looks contemporary to this day. Scorpions in good condition can range anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 these days. If this example brings well over $10,000, I won't be surprised, as you'd be hard pressed to find a better one.

-Paul

Posted under: Lancia
Dated: Jun 01 2012

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