The Lancia Beta Zagato was a quasi-convertible version of the Beta coupe along the lines of the Baur Targa-ized BMWs from the same era. The Zagato (or Spyder) is a very affordable way to get into an Italian car designed by Pininfarina produced in limited quantity, and it was super cheap…at least until a few years ago when people figured out that it was a Lancia. LANCIA! This is the Italian marque that was founded in Turin in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia and his buddy Claudio Fogolin. Sure, Lancia was taken over by Fiat in 1969 and it turned into a has-been “other brand” like Fiat’s version of Pontiac/Oldsmobile/Buick…but Lancia was the company that won Formula 1 races in the 1950s and Juan Manuel Fangio wont the 1956 championship with a Lancia-Ferrari racing car that pioneered the use if the engine as a stressed chassis component. Later Lancia won the 1972 World Rally Championship with a rear-drive Stratos (and later the 037) when everyone else (ahem, Audi) was running all-wheel-drive. But this car is a Beta, so it is as far from racing as you could get…but Lancia won the 1981 World Sportscar Championship (with races at Dayton, Sebring, Monza, Silverstone, Riverside, Nürburgring, LeMans, Spa, Road America, and Brands Hatch) with a heavily modified Beta Montecarlo. Bottom line…buy this 1981 Lancia Zagato Spyder offered for $11,500 in Syracuse, NY via craigslist.
The MGB GT was a fastback version of Morris Garage’s iconic MGB roadster, introduced in 1965 and built through 1980 for various markets. When first released, the GT used the same BMC B-series inline-4 cylinder engine, but added small back seats for kids and a gorgeous Pininfarina designed greenhouse with a fastback lift-gate and storage area. It is difficult to determine the condition of today’s next feature because the photos are so limited, but it it isn’t a rust bucket or needing a total mechanical makeover, it looks well priced…particularly compared to anything else with a Pininfarina design credit. Find this 1972 MGB GT offered for $7450 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist.
I bet you couldn’t tell me what the best selling car in France was between 1969 and 1971? I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t the Volkswagen Beetle or the Ford F-Series, but it was a small Pininfarina designed French sedan from Peugeot called the 204. You won’t see many of these around the streets […]
Juan Pablo Augustus Pininfarina put this mighty pen to paper many times over the years to design some beautiful cars..exotics, mid-engine things and the like…but few people know that old John-Pap-Pin (as his friends in the pub called him) designed the 1991-1996 Honda Beat. Find this 1991 Honda Beat here on eBay bidding for $1300 with $3,200 buy-it-now […]
When you think Tom Tjaarda, Ford V8, Italian, the Pantera may come to mind. But add the words “Iveco chassis” and “4×4” and the allure turns to confusion. Why pay nearly $2,000 for just any SUV when you could have the Maserati Biturbo for the PTA crowd? Find this 1989 LaForza for sale in Miami, FL […]
The Fiat Type 175 Coupé had flame surfacing, character lines on character lines, cuts, scallops, recessed taillights, and a processed (prolapsed? Don’t think about it) fuel filler cap. Whether all the doo-dads intended to complement or distract from the vehicle’s odd proportions is anyone’s guess. However, at 22 years after the car’s initial release, I […]
The MGB GT was a hardtop version of the iconic MGB roadster and was produced with only minor changes from 1965 through 1980. The long life cycle can be attributed to the inherent goodness of the car and the dogged determination of the inhabitants of that dreary island — if it was good last year, […]
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “classic” as: serving as a standard of excellence : of recognized value, traditional, enduring. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider is a classic in every sense of the word. The convertible (spider) design by Pininfarina was launched in 1958 and is just as pretty today as the day it was relased. […]
The Giulietta Spider was a compact roadster built by Alfa Romeo from 1955 to 1965, styled by legendary design house Pininfarina. The Spider is a classic by any definition and finding any example that isn’t rusted to pieces for under $20k is rare. Find this 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider offered for $16,500 somewhere in […]
Pi day is a yearly observance of the day 3-14, celebrated around the globe by geeks, dweebs, nerds and the borderline autistic. Naturally, we are going to join in the fun with Pi themed day here on the pages of DT. First up is this 1989 Cadillac Allanté Convertible with in an “interior by Pi” […]