Classic Van Auction Talk

Thursday 25 October 2018

1978 LANCIA BETA SPYDER 2.0 - BARONS AUCTIONEERS Autumn Sale - 20th Anniversary Saturday 27th October 2018 Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ

Autumn Sale - 20th Anniversary
Saturday 27th October 2018
Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Rd, Esher KT10 9AJ

Registration No: XLM 983S
Chassis # 828BS1002736

Guide Price: £4,000 to £6,000

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 CoupĂ©'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 coupĂ© 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.

Note: This description is provided by the vendor and unless otherwise stated is 'Not Verified' by Barons or any person employed by Barons. Prospective purchasers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of any statements made, whether they be statements of fact or opinion.

Disclaimer:  Whilst Classic Chatter ("we") attempt to make sure that the information contained in this website is accurate and complete, we are aware that some errors and omissions may occur from time to time. We are not able, therefore, to guarantee the accuracy of that information and cannot accept liability for loss or damage arising from misleading information or for any reliance on which you may place on the information contained in this website. We highly recommend that you check the accuracy of the  information supplied. If you have any queries with regard to any information on our website, please contact us at

Powered by Dragons

No comments:

Post a Comment