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    Lancia Beta Montecarlo

    In 1975 Lancia announced the launch of the Montecarlo at the Geneva motor show. Styled by Pininfarina, the new car was mid-engined and offered fine handling, and ride comfort. These prototypes were produced for motor shows across Europe and lent to journalists to review.
    Lancia promised that cars would become available "early in 1976", a timescale that was never met.

    The 1977 version of the Montecarlo was produced in two variants, fixed head and spyder form. There was a small break in production around 1978 where further modifications were made to the car. Externally there were very few changes to distinguish the two variants, but these versions have subsequently known as series 1 and series 2. Mechanically the two variants have different brakes and different suspension settings. In the USA, the name Montecarlo was already used and Lancia decided to launch with the name Scorpion. A further derivative of the Montecarlo was the Lancia 037 which was predominantly built for racing, with sufficient non-race cars sold to satisfy the race authorities.

    The production Montecarlos were all powered by a 1975cc engine derived from the Beta. The engine is carburated by a single downdraught two stage Weber, and subtle changes from the Beta engine includes modified valve timing. The engine delivers 122bhp at 6000rpm which is only slightly higher than the Beta counterpart
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    That looks extremely similar to the DeLorean.
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    One of the most beautiful rallye cars ever...

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    That's the 037, not the Beta Monte Carlo. But it IS a beautifull rally car.

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    Oversteer - just one of the most beautiful?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pterps
    That's the 037, not the Beta Monte Carlo. But it IS a beautifull rally car.
    I know it is but the 037 is based on the Monte Carlo...

    Quote Originally Posted by MrKipling
    Oversteer - just one of the most beautiful?!
    Maybe you're right, but the 131 Abarth still puts up great competition...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oversteer
    I know it is but the 037 is based on the Monte Carlo...
    quite a LOT different though
    THe 037 "chassis" was a LOT different to teh stock MonteCarlo/Scorpion
    viz .....
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    Yes, you're right...

    The Monte Carlo is to the 037 like a 205 is to the 205 T16...

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    A couple of images of 037 , not good enough to make Matt's hi-res but as images from the launch thought them worthy .....
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    I have videos of that sideways action... but they are on DVD.
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    I have a video of the Coys Historic Festival in 2000, where they also had a special Rallye Cross stage, with a Stratos, and Markku Alen driving a 037 for the first time since ages. Unfortunately it breaks down in the second heat, but it is great sight, albeit a demo run.
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    some additional pics, taken at the Lancia club meeting druing the 2006 Le Mans Historique. This is a 1976 model.
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    The Lancia Beta Montecarlo looks very nice, but it seems very distant from the car that I`m more familiar with, And thats the Lancia 037 Rallye,

    Also, I agree with whoever mentioned that it looks like the DeLorean, Mostly the front of the car,
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    Quote Originally Posted by 555SUBARUWRT
    The Lancia Beta Montecarlo looks very nice, but it seems very distant from the car that I`m more familiar with, And thats the Lancia 037 Rallye,

    Also, I agree with whoever mentioned that it looks like the DeLorean, Mostly the front of the car,
    Well the 037 Rally is losely based on the Beta Montecarlo. And in truth it's more accurate to say that the DeLorean looks a bit like the Beta Montecarlo, since the Lancia predates the DeLorean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oversteer




    One of the most beautiful rallye cars ever...

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    Never saw the homologation special for the 037 before, but I like it bunches. It pushes all the buttons the Ferrari 288 GTO does.
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