Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend. I thought I would start out by cleaning up our email in-box with the tips and suggestions we receive from enthusiastic fans. And why not start with a rare and unusual Lancia that was offered here in the states for a very short time, and is now for sale on eBay. (Hat Tip to Richard Scroggs)
The Beta was the first model introduced by Lancia after the take over from rival Fiat in 1969. Before the Fiat takeover, Lancia has a distinct absence of replacement models under development. Fiat’s objective with the new Beta was to retain the quality image (and resulting price premium) of existing Lancias, while minimizing development time and production costs by using in-house Fiat technology and parts as far as possible. In contrast with the Fulvia, the Beta design was relatively inexpensive to produce with volumes significantly higher by previous models.
This particular Lancia Beta is a 1978 model with only 92,000 original miles. Like the contemporary GM mid-sized sedans, this is not a hatchback model, but a “fastback” sedan! This sedan has been treated to a myriad of work, and according to the listing:
• New alternator.
• New timing and water pump belts.
• New thermostatic sensor for electric fan.
• Rebuilt carburetor.
• Check ignition system, set points gap and timing.
• New flexible fuel lines.
• New Carter P60504 fuel pump.
• New Sumitomo HTR200 175/70HR14 tires.
• New exhaust system from the cat back
• New smog pump belt
• New stock-spec strut inserts
• Final tuning/set-up by Jaan Hjorth at EddinsMoto, since I wasn’t able to figure it out myself. He installed flexible fuel lines running through the interior of the car, rejetted the carb, verified the cam timing, and set ignition timing.
• New interior sound insulation, since the old stuff got soaked in the fuel leaking from the old rusty fuel line.
• Update: New oil pressure gauge and warning light sending units just installed, showing solid pressure.
I have records to document all work done, and some records all the way back to the car’s purchase in 1978, including the window sticker. Also comes with the Lancia factory manual and a Haynes manual.
The bidding for this particular car is up to $611.27, with an unmet reserve. So, what do you think this rare and dignified Lancia should sell for? See the eBay Listing here.
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