1978 Lancia Beta Coupe
Low mileage one owner car; straightforward project; an extremely rare survivor of this pretty coupe
Purchased new by its sole keeper from Puttocks of Guildford in 1978, this handsome 1600 Beta Coupe was specified with Bronze Windsor metallic paintwork and a Gold interior. By the time number plates and RFL had been added, the bill came to £4,635 - less the allowance given for a one year old Colt Celeste Coupe which presumably hadn't found universal approval with its owner.
Apart from details shown on a couple of invoices from 1980 and '81 and an unstamped service book, we know nothing of its existence other than 31,482 of its currently indicated 59,558 miles had already been covered by July 1981. It also appears to have been last taxed in 1984.
It will come as no surprise therefore that a dose of recommissioning will be required and as the bonnet cable has snapped, we can't give chapter and verse about its engine, although we do know it turns over.
The Lancia comes with a handbook and appears to be basically sound - yes, it will need a pair of new front wings and some remedial bodywork here and there but it is far from the basket case it could be.
Lovely to drive and pretty to look at, a Beta of this period would be a great car to own - and rare too thanks to their unfortunate propensity to rust, a fate that has not entirely, but largely been avoided in this car. On offer today at No Reserve, it looks like a tempting winter project.
For more information - contact Matthew Parkin 07813 936698 firstname.lastname@example.org
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