1977 Lancia Scorpion/Montecarlo = clean Ivory driver $29.9k For Sale
Located in the USA...dry west....
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1977 Lancia Scorpion/Montecarlo
Grand Prix White
2.0L twin cam 4-cylinder w/ dual webers
Local WA car from new, last US bound Scorpion exported serial #.
- Upgraded to euro-Montecarlo specs, 2.0L motor, twin weber carbs, one of a kind.
The Lancia Beta Montecarlo was introduced at the Geneva Motor show in March of 1975. It was the first car that famed Italian design house Pininfarina would wholely develop and build entirely in house from start to finish. Due to the fact that Chevrolet had already been using the Monte Carlo name, Lancia chose to name the car Scorpion in the USA. According to the world registry there were 1805 Scorpions that were brought into the US over the 76/77 model year. The car drew many praises for its design, mid engine layout, ingenious soft top, and large front trunk.
- The US bound cars were unfortunately victims of late 1970s safety regulations and emissions restrictions. Large, heavy, impact bumpers spoiled the original design and the motor that we were given was a smaller 1.8L twin cam 4-cylinder with a single carburetor and power robbing smog equipment was fitted which only allowed for 81 horsepower. Top speed was limited to 109 mph despite having a comically optimistic 160 mph speedometer. Lancia was the upscale division of Fiat Auto and the Beta line was quite popular world wide although they later earned a reputation for rusting badly so few cars remain on the roads today.
- The car on offer is serial number 1805, built December of 1976, and is believed to be the last US bound Scorpion by vin number according to the Montecarlo registry and numerous other sources. The car was sold new in Washington state where it has remained and during the late 80s was owned by the editor of the Lanciana newsletter John Keppelman who is believed to have been the 2nd owner. John wrote many articles about modifying Scorpions to improve handling, and increasing power as well as how to best maintain them. In 1990 the car was transformed to closely match the European spec Montecarlos.
- A blueprinted 2.0L engine was installed and the compression was increased to 10:1. Twin Weber 42 DCNFs were mounted atop an Alquati intake. Performance cams were added, and all smog equipment, air conditioning system removed. Montecarlo gearing was also installed for better acceleration and cruising. The result is very good low end torque and higher top end limits.
- The motor is the marvel of ex Ferrari engineer Aurelio Lampredi and is considered to be one of the finest twin cam 4-cylinders of its era for its rev happy characteristics. European spec, stiffer shock absorbers, and lower height springs were fitted as well as the lightweight Montecarlo bumpers.
- The pop up head lamps were retained and give the front end a unique design. Mr Keppleman also had the car painted in Grand Prix White lacquer which was much brighter than the original creamy off white color. The interior was also modified by covering the seats in checkered cloth from the aviation industry.
- The brake servo was removed to remedy the Scorpion's tendency to lock up the front brakes, a common problem that Lancia took the car off the market in Europe for 2 years to address.
- Mr. Keppelman sold the car with approximately 65,000 miles in August of 1993 to a Mr. Marbet of Seattle, a graphic artist and website designer who also had a Alfa Romeo GTV6 that would become its garage mate. Mr Marbet added the ultra rare and cool Abarth Boomerang steering wheel, Abarth CD30 wheels, Alpine stereo, and Campione CSC free flow exhaust system. The car was taken to local Italian themed car shows and used in the summer months until 2000 when due to a mechanical issue it was parked long term.
- I purchased the car as a non running project from Mr. Marbet in the summer of 2012, the car has 78,764 miles on the odometer. I had known of this car since 1997 and I wanted to restore the car to its former glory. I have owned 4 other Lancias and this car was very special indeed. The car had a complete glass out respray in Grand Prix white, epoxy primer base coat, urethane color, and clear coated.
- Over the coarse of a year and a half, the mechanicals were all sorted, a complete major service was carried out, and new brakes, tires, and belts were fitted. The interior was completely redone, new old stock aviation upholstery in the same color and pattern was sourced, new carpets fitted, the floors were sanded and treated with POR 15. The headliner was redone in white which compliments the interior much better than the original dark grey.
- The 1980s Alpine pull-out stereo was serviced and new belts fitted, both the cassette / radio function as does the trunk mounted 6-disk CD changer. Last year a new soft top was installed and Martini livery stripes were applied to pay homage to Lancia's rally hay days in the late 1970s and early 80s.
- Included with the sale are an original owner's manual, original factory service manual, tons of receipts, Lanciana newsletters, magazines, spare parts, complete tool kit, jack, car cover, extra interior fabric, original parts and electrical manuals, period catalogs, 2 sets of keys, sales brochures, and much more.
- This special mini exotic deserves somebody who will appreciate its rarity and significance of history in the Lancia club scene and continue to care for it so that it survives as a tribute to a once great automotive company that was such a force in competition racing during the 70s, 80s, and throughout the 90s. Viva Lancia!!
Specs and history
The Lancia Montecarlo (Type 137) is a Pininfarina-designed mid-engined sports car which was produced by Lancia in Italy from 1975 to 1981.
Cars from the first series, which were produced from 1975 to 1978, were known as Lancia Beta Montecarlos and those from the second series, produced from 1980 to 1981, simply as Lancia Montecarlos. In both cases Montecarlo was spelled as one word, unlike Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco. Both series were offered in Coupé and Spider versions, the latter featuring a unique roll-back manually operated targa style convertible top. The Spider was sold in the United States as the Lancia Scorpion during 1976 and 1977.
Total production numbers come to 7,798 units, with production spanning from 1974 until 1982 with an interruption in 1979. 3,558 first series and 817 second series targas were built; 2,080 first series and 1,123 second series coupés. There were also 220 competition models built (Lancia 037).
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