"Lancia was founded on 29th November 1906 in by Vincenzo Lancia and his friend Claudio Fogolin; both Fiat racing drivers, as Lancia & C. The first Lancia, the ‘Tipo 51’ or 12 HP was constructed in 1907. Sadly in 1937 Vincenzo passed away and his wife and son Gianni Lancia took over the firm. They persuaded Vittorio Jano to join Lancia as an engineer; Jano had already made a name for himself by constructing some of the most successful racing Alfa Romeos of the time. The innovativeness, constant quest for excellence, the fixation of quality and complication of the construction processes together with the antiquated machinery meant that all cars essentially had to be hand-made. With little commonality between the various models, the cost of production continued to increase, whilst demand did not. The Lancia Beta Montecarlo is a mid-engined sports car which was produced from 1975 through to 1982. Cars from 1975 to 1978 were known as Lancia Beta Montecarlos and the latter cars produced from 1979 to 1982, simply as Lancia Montecarlos. Both series were offered in coupé and spyder versions and were constructed by Pininfarina. Total production amounted to 3,835 first series Beta Montecarlos and 1,940 second series.
This rare right hand drive example Montecarlo is a very tidy example and is finished in red with grey cloth interior. We are advised some re-commissioning work was carried out on her totalling £5,358 and she now has uprated camshafts, with fuel supplied via twin Dellorto carburettors. Supplied with a V5C registration document and some service history, this delightfully handsome Lancia Beta Montecarlo would appear to be a sound investment.