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Lancia Beta


Lancia Beta

Sadly, the Lancia Beta is remembered for all the wrong reasons. Instead of casting a rose-tinted glance in the direction of its fine handling, versatile model range and alloy-head twin cam engines, all most people remember about the car was its propensity to rust like a tin can abandoned on a beach. Using cheap imported metal almost ruined the company, as Lancia faced thousands of warranty claims for rusty Betas from their disgruntled owners. And that's a crying shame, because for its era the Lancia was one of the best cars on the market in terms of driver appeal, with wonderfully crisp steering and all-wheel disc brakes coupled to a fantastically compliant chassis. Supercharged Volumex models are of particular interest thanks to their sports car-like performance. They have a small bump in the bonnet to accomodate the supercharger.

Lancia Beta Specifications

Top speed:122 mph (197 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):10.1 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:121 ci (1,995 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:135 bhp (101 kW) at 5,500 rpm
Max torque:152 lb ft (207 Nm) at 3,000 rpm
Weight:2,400 lb (1,080 kg)
Economy:28 mpg (9.7 km/I)
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