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  1. Santiago Montenegro

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    Please talk me out of getting one of those...
     
  2. Dom

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    #2 Dom, Jan 8, 2020
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    I had one during my last year in college (late 1980's) Great little car, but a rust bucket. Legendary Italian quality (that's a joke). Also, if it matters to you, front wheel drive.

    But, as a college student, it was amazing. Semi convertible, and with back seats. People really couldn't fit in the back seat, so they would sit on the rear trunk with their feet on the seats, while holding on to the "roll bar".

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  3. Santiago Montenegro

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    You're not helping that much , LOL
     
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  4. 71Satisfaction

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    OK, here goes - The Betas are not Lancias. The Beta is basically Fiat. Yes, the Beta is very lovely to look at - nice proportions, nicely styled.. but technically it is a Fiat with nearly nothing of the engineering talent that Lancia was famous for. This was the time of transitioning everything to plastic - The interior parts are weaker than the bra straps on a Brazilian girl's bikini. Everything is fragile and breaks, with no spares and no aftermarket support. Electricals are Fiat and at least that gives you some parts exchange, but still hard to find parts. There was a very nice one for sale in Washington a few years ago, Asking $2,300 and it didn't even sell at that. Tragic for a "car-guy" to see such loveliness go unwanted - but here is a good reason for it.. it is too painful to own a lovely car that is so maddeningly frustrating to keep fixing. Cheers, - Art
     
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  5. tonyswfla

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    go here : lancisti.net good source
     
  6. Santiago Montenegro

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    Ok, that's more like it. Furthermore, seller's being uncooperative, so I think I'll pass.
     
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    Good. And just to be sure you don't try it again - the steel used in the construction was an inexpensive soft alloy, combined with poor management of water runoff gave that era of Lancia the same problem as Fiat and Alfa - they rust like crazy. The Gamma was not terrible, but most other Lancias in that period were terrible. Cheers.
     
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  8. GrigioGuy

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    I had one for a while. Everyone loved it, more thumbs up than the Ferrari. Drove it from St. Louis to Dallas back in the late 2000s. It ended up sidelined for electrical problems, and then the hood latch cable broke and I couldn't get the hood open. It's one that I wish I kept, but I needed the space. Fun car. But good luck finding parts.

    Here's the old for-sale thread for pics: https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/dfw-lancia-zagato-for-sale.178164/
     
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  9. tonyswfla

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    Many parts available :
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    The Monte Hospital


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