1976 Lancia Beta Coupe 1.8L twin cam 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand
Awesome, fun, fast, safe, reliable, and totally drool inducing classic
Only ever had things need changing as required. Such as brake discs and pads, and general servicing. Clutch went around 200,000km, and it has had two starter motors and a water pump.
Most reliable car I have ever had; the harder you drove it the better it was. Ran rough if you babied it around.
She is off the road at the moment as I am giving her a full restoration.
I think if you saw God's resume he would have Lancia suspension engineer listed as prior employment; the handling is that good. There are cars that achieve higher lateral Gs and faster acceleration etc, but in a Beta Coupe the whole lot just comes together in such a way that you "feel" so much more.
So much personality and character as well; my car is the first car I ever owned, and is the only car I will never part with. I want to find three more for my kids as well.
You could describe a spirited drive as the most fun you could have with your clothes on.
Surprisingly practical too, with a large (for the size of the car) boot and good fuel economy (except when you are really going hard).
One of the most under-rated driver's cars of all time. Most comments against them are from people who have never owned one. And such a gorgeous shape, really timeless and needs to be seen in the metal to be fully appreciated.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2015
4th Jun 2015, 09:06
Wow, I had a 1981 Beta Coupe, also a 1.8 twincam, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was actually quite reliable during the two or so years I had it in the late 1990s, and only the automatic choke was a bit temperamental during winter.
Agreed on the suspension, although mine had a stiffer set of springs from the previous owner, this is the one car I could throw into practically any bend at almost any speed, and the car just gripped and turned. It was like it wasn't FWD.
And it was a beautiful car - I got stares from people at the lights, and they would come up to talk to me while gassing up the car at a petrol station.
The sound of the engine was beautiful. I ended up turning the radio off because it just messed the sound of the engine. I got rid of it before it started to rust, but also because some parts were getting difficult to find - like the door window glass. But that car was so much fun.
11th Jun 2015, 22:52
I totally agree with turning the radio off; such a great sounding engine. Much nicer than in the Fiats, which is interesting as it was a similar engine. Much better head though.