1981 Lancia Beta

Montecarlo S2 restoration project

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1981
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Coys Auction - The Festival Auction
Incorporating The Excellence of Porsche
Brands Hatch
Kent

Sunday 25th May 2008

Collectors'' Items: 2.30pm
Motor Cars: 4.30pm

The Lancia Beta Montecarlo was a mid-engined sports car sold in the 1970s and very early 1980s. Named ''Montecarlo'' (spelt all as one word and not as the Monaco capital), spyder versions of the coupe featured a unique roll-back manually operated targa-style convertible top. Based on the prototype Abarth 030, the car was known as the X1/8 (later the X½0) while in development and was intended to be a Fiat-branded ''big brother'' to the Fiat X1/9. It had a similar mid-engined layout, with a larger engine and roomier interior. The car was passed to Lancia, and was constructed by Pininfarina, the original design company, in Turin, Italy. Production lasted from 1975 through to 1979 for the first series (S1), with a second version (S2) launched in 1980. Production of the M