Tuesday, January 4, 2011

1976 Lancia Scorpion - One of the Nicest Around

This has to be one of the nicest Lancia Scorpions around.

This is a 65,000 mile car that has spent most of its time in Arizona.

It has recently had some engine work done to it and the seller say the electrical system has been "sorted" and everything works.

The biggest downside to the Scorpion was its performance. Here in North America - the only place this car was called the Scorpion - we got an emissions strangled 1.8 liter 4. The rest of the world got a better breathing 2.0. The 1.8 just didn't have the oomph to move the car in the way the body suggests it should move. However, if you don't care about originality, there are a number of things that can be done to make these cars perform as good as they look.

The "turboed" Scorpion I posted in October, 2010, is, in my mind, still the Scorpion to own. It just seems like it would be nothing but fun to drive. It's a car you'd probably drive often. But, if originality is important to you and you're looking for a car to take to shows and on an occasional weekend drive, this car could be perfect.

Located in Scottsdale, AZ, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Álvaro, for sending me the link to this car.


JT said...

Didn't one of these get a little screen time in one of the late 70's Bond films? Can't remember which one though.

Don't laugh, it's the only reason I even think I'd like to own an early Lotus Esprit.

Sean said...

I like the glass buttresses much better.

Blair Russell said...

I looked at the IMCDB website (imcdb.org) which is a listing of vehicles that appear in thousands of different movies. Not that it'll ever be complete but it can be rather extensive and the only listing the Scorpion has is a Herbie The Love Bug film!

Not that it doesn't mean it didn't ever appear briefly in a Bond movie. I just don't ever remember ever seeing the car there.

But yeah, those movies can be nice in spotting foreign cars that we never got in the U.S.