Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Targancia: 1982 Lancia Beta Zagato Spyder

This next tip comes from JJ in Ottawa who writes: You seem to feature these about once per year and at $7,200 USD, this one sets a high water mark for price.  With fewer than 9,500 built, these must be getting scarce in any condition.  I recognize this one from it’s personalized plates, and i’ve seen it around town occasionally over the last 15 years.   At less than 2,500 miles per year, this car seems to have been well taken care of, so the price does not seem unreasonable.  For some reason I can’t help but sing Ren & Stimpy’s ‘Log’ song in my head….. It's better than bad- it's good!  Find this 1982 Lancia Beta Zagato Spyder offered for $9,500 CAD ($7,206 USD -- what is up with the crazy exchange rate these days?) via

To make the Spyder version of the Beta, the guys at Lancia contracted the design to Pininfarina, but the execution/production was done by the Milanese based carrozzeria Zagato.  The result is an odd combination of targa top and convertible with the final product being reminiscent of the Baur Targa coachbuilt BMWs.

Mounted in front of the passenger compartment is a 2.0 liter all alloy inline-4 that puts 108 horsepower and 114 ft-lbs of torque into the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox.  Lancia (like Saab) had used front wheel drive for years to win rallies before the advent of economy cars and you can give this thing a pass for driving the wrong wheels.

Last thought from JJ: Oh yeah, I just remembered what Lancia stands for: Last Again, Not Competitive In Anything.  Zing!  See another Lancia for cheap? Send it here:


  1. This car, particularly in the side profile, always looks to me like a sports car Subaru would have made in the mid-80's if their designers hadn't been on acid (i.e. NOT an XT).

  2. I will take the Alex Trebica behind this one.

  3. There has been one for sale for about a month on the Seattle CL. One owner, 98k miles, $6,500.

    1982 Lancia Beta Zagato

    It was featured in last weeks Italian Car Cornucopia. K2 thought it was the pick of the litter. Wonder if the reason why we haven't heard from him is he bought it and is broken down somewhere in the Midwest...


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