Autumn Sale - 20th Anniversary
Saturday 27th October 2018
Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ
1978 LANCIA BETA SPYDER 2.0
Registration No: XLM 983S
Chassis # 828BS1002736
In 1975 Lancia launched a two-door convertible designed by Pininfarina called the Spyder with 2+2 seating. In brochures Lancia spelt the name with a "y" rather than an "i" possibly to differentiate the car from the Alfa Romeo Spider. The Spyder used the Beta Coupé's shorter wheelbase and featured a targa top roof panel, a roll-over bar, and folding rear roof. It was initially powered by either the 1600 or 1800 twin-cam engine, later being replaced by the new 1.6 and 2.0. It never received the IE or VX engines. Although the Spyder was designed by Pininfarina it was actually built by Zagarto. The construction process was complex, with coupé bodies-in-white being delivered to Zagato for the roofless conversion, then back to Lancia for rust-proofing, then back to Zagato for paint, interior and trim, and then back to Lancia for a third time for engine installation and final assembly. There were 9,390 Spyders built.
The vendor states that this example was totally rebuilt in the early 90s’ and totally re sprayed last year. He has owned the car for over 6 years now, and it has been well looked after, with his mechanic coming to maintain his collection every other week
The suspension and engine are said to be very sporty, and it is great fun to drive. As all Lancias, it needs to be pushed and responds, it is a real driver’s car. The car is said to be surprisingly fast (2 litres) and practical with room for 4 and a big boot. It is wonderful with the top down, which all works perfectly. The vendor is sad to see the car go, but a project car demands more attention and garage space ran out. These cars are now very rare in this condition, so this must be one of the few good ones left.
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