5k: Mid Engine Montecarlo: 1976 Lancia Scorpion

The Lancia (pronounced lan-sha) Scorpion  was one of the last Lancia’s to power the rear wheels as the entire Lancia lineup was being converted to rebadged Fiat rejects.  Interestingly enough, only with the advent of the rebadged Chrysler 300 platform sold as the Thema II, has Lancia offered a car powering the proper wheels anywhere in the world.  In the USA we don’t get anything with the lance and shield emblem, so we have to live with well depreciated and abused classics.  Find this 1976 Lancia Scorpion for sale in Santa Rosa, CA for $3,500 via craigslist.  Big thanks to multiple tippers Anthony W. & Kaibeezy.

The US Market Scorpion was known as the Montecarlo in Europe and shared the engine and some parts with the Lancia Beta – but didn’t inherit the Beta’s front wheel drive architecture.  The Scorpion was internally know as the Fiat X1/8 during development and styling/production was entirely outsourced to Pininfarina.

The US version of the Scorpion/Montecarlo used a 1.8 liter carburetted equipped inline-4 putting out 80 horsepower into the rear wheels. A total of 1801 of these mid-engined classics were built for the US market for model years 1976 and 1977.

 The interior of this Scorpion doesn’t match the decent exterior, in fact it looks pretty bad – but it is nothing a few grand at a custom interior shop can’t fix.

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