5k: Alfa 3.0 V6 Powered: 1976 Lancia Scorpion Spider

The Beta Montecarlo was initially conceived as a Pininfarina styled V6 powered sports coupe for Fiat’s product lineup, but the Bertone designed X1/9 got the gig instead, and the Montecarlo was handed to Lancia, but with a 4-cylinder engine.  In the USA, it was badged as the Scorpion because GM had the rights to use the Monte Carlo name, and today’s example has quite a large stinger in its tail.  Find this 1976 Lancia Scorpion Spider with Alfa 3.0 V6 power here on eBay currently bidding for $7,000 with 2 days to go, located in Castaic, CA.

This isn’t just an engine swap, the car as been given a considerable makeover, including a crazy swallow-tail rear wing setup that will make Carrera RS owners jealous.  It is also gleefully free of US spec cow catcher bumpers, but has some funky wheels that need to go. 

Pop the hood and you’ll find the original anemic 4-banger long gone, in its place is a 3.0 liter Alfa Romeo V6 from a 1991 Alfa 164.  The V6 is good for 184 horsepower and 192 ft-lbs of torque in US 12-valve catalyst equipped spec, but it makes nice noises and its all-alloy construction shouldn’t add too much mass.

The biggest positive surprise of this build is the addition of a CA BAR (Bureau of Automobile Repair) sticker that means it is in legit for emissions and smog inspection purposes.  As a Cali captive resident, I can forgive the overspray and strange interior material choices because it is actually legal to drive on the road. 

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