Lan­cia Beta Coupés won’t linger for much longer

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

Now the cheap­est op­tion if you have a han­ker­ing for a Seven­ties Ital­ian coupé is the Lan­cia Beta, though it doesn’t de­serve to be. It has a proper turn of speed, es­pe­cially in two-litre form, sure-footed han­dling, and pro­vides that es­sen­tial raspy twin-cam sound­track. You can still pick up nice ones for £5k or even less, but you have to know where to look. In their tight-knit com­mu­nity, the best cars of­ten change hands via word of mouth, but it’s also worth sign­ing up to the lan­cia­ fo­rum. Don’t leave it too long, though – our con­ti­nen­tal cousins have al­ready spot­ted the dis­crep­ancy be­tween th­ese and the Alfa and Fiat op­tions. Five-fig­ure ask­ing prices are start­ing to ap­pear.

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