Performance was also a problem. The Scorpion came to the US in 1976 and 1977, some of the worst years for performance cars - heck, for any type of car - in the US. Heavy 5 MPH bumpers added weight and crude emissions control systems sucked horsepower. The 120 horsepower 2.0 liter engine found in the European version of the Scorpion (called the Montecarlo) wasn't emissions certified, so we got the 1.8 which, in US form, pumped out a measly 81 horsepower.
Having said all that, there are plenty of reasons to own a Scorpion.
Exclusivity. Only 1801 were sold in the US. Accidents, rust, abuse, lack of maintenance, negligence and stupidity took its toll on many of those cars. There are very, very few still around.
Looks. The Pininfarina styled body was as exotic looking as anything being sold in the US at the time. It still looks good today.
Performance. What??? Didn't I just write that the performance is sub-par at best? I did, and it is. But, look at other 4 cylinder sports cars from the same period. The MGB, the TR7, the Fiat Spider all had performance issues. That's the way it was for all cars back then. The Scorpion is no different.
This car has been "newly restored" and has a claimed 74,000 miles on it. The seller says it needs a windshield. Although the $10K Buy It Now price may seem a little high, it may be worth it if the restoration was done right. The Scorpion is not an investment car, but rather a rare alternative to an MGB, TR7 or Fiat Spider. A really nice looking alternative.
Located in Los Angeles, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.