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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).
This was a rear-wheel drive, mid-engined two-seater sports car that shared very few components with other Betas. The car was originally designed as Pininfarina’s contender to replace Fiat’s 124 Coupe, but lost out to Bertone’s cheaper design, which became the Fiat X1/9.
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- Engine: 2.0L Inline 4
- Weight: 1,075 kg / 2,369 lbs
- Power: 88 kW / 118 hp / 120 PS
- 0-100 kph: 8.7 seconds
- Torque: 165 Nm / 122 lb-ft
- Top Speed: 193 kph / 120 mph