The Lancia Beta (Type 828) was was the first new model introduced by Lancia after it had been taken over by Fiat in 1969.
The Beta was made in several body styles, namely 4-door fastback saloon (Beta berlina), 4-door three-box, notchback saloon (Beta Trevi), 2-door coupé (Beta Coupé), 2-door targa (Beta Spider), 3-door estate (Beta HPE)
All versions of the car came with DOHC engines, five-speed gearboxes, rack and pinion steering, fully independent suspension using MacPherson struts, both front and rear, with disc brakes on all four wheels. The front-wheel-drive models were available in a number of engine capacities ranging from 1.3 L to 2.0 L. Breathing was provided by a single Weber carburettor until fuel injection was introduced on late two litre HPE and Coupe models.
In 1973 the second style to appear was a 2+2 two-door coupé with a 2,350 millimetres (93 in) wheelbase, although due to the fuel crisis did not become available to the public until early 1974. It was launched with 1.6 and 1.8 engines. New 1.6 and 2.0 engines replace the original units in late 1975 followed by a 1.3 in early 1976. In 1978 automatic transmission and power steering became available. In 1981 the car received a minor facelift and at the same time the 2.0 became available with fuel Bosch electronic fuel injection. The bodywork was developed inhouse by a Lancia team led by Aldo Castagno, with Piero Castagnero acting as styling consultant. Castagnero had also styled the Beta's predecessor, the Lancia Fulvia saloon and coupé.
This particular Beta coupe is a rare UK RHD model fitted with the 1.6L engine and 5 speed box, perfect for spirited driving with better fuel economy. Coming from long term ownership, this one was stored for several years until its recent sale to a local garage owner who purchased the car due to its straight and undamaged panelwork. Some restoration work has been done in the past as documented in the accompanying photographs, yet the majority of the vehicle appears original and untouched. This Beta coupe is ripe for rejuvenation and with a little fettling could possibly be used as is. There are one or two areas of bubbling in the paint, the bonnet bottom lip would benefit from tidying, yet the rest of the paintwork presents nicely with a few blemishes in line with the age of the vehicle. The interior is largely complete with the exception of a misplaced rear seat base and door cards. The seats would benefit from covers or a re-trim.
Engine is sweet and sounds fantastic. Some maintanence work will be required before the car can be driven. Being 1977, it is MOT exempt.
Viewing is highly recommended if you are looking for an honest Beta Coupe for light restoration. These coupe rarely come to market at this modest price. In comparison to an Alfa 105 GTV the Lancia Beta Coupe is extremely good value, offering Italian flair at a fraction of the price of an Alfa 115. Buy now and fettle at your leisure.
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- Year: 1977
- Exterior Colour: Red
- Interior Colour: Beige