This 1982 Lancia Beta Zagato Spyder will be featured at the Mecum Auction at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Located at 2300 North Cameron Street Harrisburg, PA 17110 on August 3 -5 2017. SOLD AUG 3RD FOR $5,000
The Lancia Beta (Type 828) was an entry-level luxury car produced by Italian car manufacturer Lancia from 1972 to 1984. It was the first new model introduced by Lancia after it had been taken over by Fiat in 1969.
Called the Spyder in Europe and know as the Zagato in America, this 1982 Lancia Zagato is a two-door convertiblewith 2+2 seating. In European brochures Lancia Spyder spelled the name with a "y" rather than an "i" possibly to differentiate the car from the Alfa Romeo Spider. The Spyder uses the Lancia Coupé's shorter wheelbase and features a targa top roof panel, a roll-over bar and folding rear roof.
Early models did not have a cross-member supporting the roof between the tops of the A to B Pillars. Later models had fixed cross-members. It was initially powered by either the 1600 or 1800 twin-cam engine, later being replaced by the new 1.6 and 2.0.
There were fuel injected engines for the US market. The Spyder was designed by Pininfarina but actually built by Zagato. The construction process was complex, with coupé bodies-in-white being delivered to Zagato for the roofless conversion, then back to Lancia for rust-proofing, then back to Zagato for paint, interior and trim, and then back to Lancia for a third time for engine installation and final assembly. Lancia probably lost money on every car built.