Thursday, March 3, 2016

What's in a Name? 1976 Lancia Scorpion

This next car has many names.  During development, it was called the Fiat X1/8, but when production moved to Pininfarina (who also did the styling) it was called the Beta Montecarlo (later just Montecarlo), but GM used the Montecarlo name (for the A-body coupe that is pretty much the polar opposite of the Lancia), so for the US market it was called the Scorpion...fitting because it packs a little stinger in the back.  Find this 1976 Lancia Scorpion offered for $4,000 (with a parts car) located in Moores Hill, IN via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

The Scorpion/Beta Montecarlo/X1/8 shared an engine and some parts with the Lancia Beta - but didn't inherit the Beta's front wheel drive architecture -- that's right, this little 2-seat runabout uses a mid-rear setup like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, or Toyota.

This Scorpion has ditched its original 1.8 liter Lampredi inline-4 for a 2.0 liter engine from a Fiat 132 that would have been good for 122 horsepower before the seller added a set of hot cams, ported head, and a set of weber carbs -- power is estimated around 150.

There is a reason (besides being 1 of 1800 and a Lancia) that makes this car is desirable  -- it is that the seller has owned the car for decades, did some restoration work on it in the 1990s and looks to offload a ton of parts with the car.  Pound for pound, this could be a good deal.

See another Italian mid-engine classic for cheap?


  1. Probably was a good deal. Already deleted from CL. Darn. I was about to go liquidate my savings account.

    1. Yeah that was a very nice deal, if you squint just right you can see a Stratos shape somehow from the Scorpion. Or I am just way too sleepy.

  2. you could look at dozens of these that are decayed before you found a gem like this one, understandably it went quickly

  3. Had a thing for these ever since Herbie goes to Monte Carlo.


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