10-29-08, 10:24 AM
So while on the way to work this morning, I saw a car that I had never seen before. It looked like a Volkswagen Scirocco....it was a low, squarish four seat hatchback, and it looked to be from the '80s or early '90s, and it had a Lancia badge on the grille. Now I know Lancia used to import their cars here back in the '70s and '80s, but I thought they were all four door hatchbacks....not sporty cars? Has anyone seen this before?
10-29-08, 11:11 AM
I believe that Lancia is somehow connected with Fiat, and both are Italian made.
At one time or another, also think they shared parts with Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Saab, so no telling what you saw.
Years ago Lanci was even involved in Formula One type stuff, remember them being on the cutting edge in suspension technology of that era.
Makes me think of that old Michael Caine movie from the 1970's "The Italian Job" with some cool chase scenes involving tiny little Italian cars running up and down concrete steps and stuffff.
10-29-08, 11:28 AM
The front end looked kinda like this, but the car it's self wasn't as long or as quite as boxy.
10-29-08, 12:59 PM
A Lancia Delta perhaps?
10-29-08, 01:08 PM
Did they make those in two door form?
Think what you saw was a !980 vintage Lancia Scorpion, a "sportscar" version of the four cars (( Sport Coupe, HPE, Sedan (not the one pictured here) and Scorpion.)) imported by Lancia at the time. Lancia, a very prestigious make in Europe was known for their very quality, innovative engineering in the field of small displacemnt engines and their successfully advance suspensions. Lancia never gained a large following in the US probaly because of the "small displacement" engine size. Unfortunately, the early 80's Lancias were plagued with reliability problems and US importation was ended by Fiat. They were great fun to drive and nicely put together with truly beautiful Italian leather seats.
10-29-08, 02:04 PM
We have a winner! It was a Lancia Scorpion!
It was almost identical to that, but the grille design was a little different.
10-29-08, 02:12 PM
almost looks like an Alfa GTV6
10-29-08, 02:12 PM
Scratch that. It was a Lancia Montecarlo. I was doing some reading and it turns out that the Scorpion is the US version of the Montecarlo (they couldn't sell it as the Montecarlo due to infringement reasons) so I "Googled" Lancia Montecarlo and found this....and it looks almost identical to the one I saw, down to the grille.
The Scorpion was only made from 1976-77, and never had a grille like this. This is an '81 from England. So I guess the one I saw was a grey market import.
10-29-08, 03:24 PM
Well that doesn't look like a Scirocco. I had a new '79 once :)
10-29-08, 04:39 PM
I only saw it from a front 3/4 view...from the driver's front corner. I never saw the tail end of it. :)
Reading the facts makes me think it was quite a wonder that you actually saw one riding!