In Italy, the beautiful Lancia Beta Coupe was available in 1600 or 1800 engined forms, and with the normal coupe body, an HPE station wagon/Estate or as a Spyder, which featured a hood arrangement similar to that of the BMW 2002 convertible.
The company chose the name Beta as it symbolised a new beginning reflected by the fact that the company’s founder, Vincenzo Lancia (1881–1937), utilized letters of the Greek alphabet for his early vehicles — such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta. Alpha was not chosen for the new 1972 Lancia due to the obvious confusion it might cause with Alfa Romeo.
There were little differences between the 1600 and 1800. Apart from the obvious difference in capacity and output, the 1600 had a different final drive ratio, the use of a 200mm instead of 215mm clutch, and the fitment of SR instead of the 1800’s HR rated tyres. In some markets, the 1600 was even fitted as standard with the 5H x 14 in. alloy road wheels which were attached only to the 1800 in Italy.
Mechanically the front-wheel drive Beta Coupe was almost identical to the Beta saloon introduced in late 1972. But it was 105 kg. lighter, 295mm shorter, 40mm narrower, 115mm lower, 190mm shorter in the wheelbase and a whole lot sexier. In both cases, Fiat’s established and dependable twin-cam four-cylinder engine was used, fitted transversely and canted at 20 degrees towards the driver.
This Lancia Beta Coupe was imported from Italy. The first Owner was a successful entrepreneur from Pesaro who was in love with Lancias. He was keen on collecting all models, in all Engine Set up Variations. When he passed away in 2014, his family sold the majority of its collection.
He was in the possession of two 2 Lancia Beta`s The 1600 and a 2000 Version.
The 1600 was meant to be transformed into a Rally Car. Instead and luckily he chose the 2.000 for the Transformation. The 1600 is still untouched.
When the current Owner purchased the Lancia in 2016, it became a full overhaul. Engine, Brakes, Transmission,… All the original parts have been taken off, cleaned and checked. The engine was overhauled for a total of €2.000,- as well as the Gearbox that was rebuilt for another €2.000,-. As a perfect tire, new Pirellis were fitted.
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