And earlier this week, PHer Beirut Taxi, fine fellow that he is, made Shed's sickness a whole lot worse with the most seemingly innocuous email. "Having just seen this Lancia Beta advertised for just £1000," he writes, "I thought I would suggest it to you as a possible contender for the weekly shed."
That, along with a simple URL, had it decided. For the third week in a row, Shed would fall for a sharply dressed, and potentially very high maintenance, Italian. And here it is, a 1982 Lancia Beta coupe. The only thing we can hope is that Shed will return next week with the only known cure for Latin fever - a shot of good-old German barge.
By far the most desirable of these was the Pininfarina-designed, mid-engined, rear-wheel drive Beta Montecarlo, but these were particularly prone to the dreaded ferrous oxide, weren't built in great numbers, and had an alarming tendency to catch fire. Today, hens with teeth are more common than Montecarlos.
You'll also have to put up with driven front wheels in the coupe, but at least this car is the 2000IE and therefore blessed with a fuel-injected 1995cc four-cylinder slung transversely over the front wheels.
That engine should be good for 122bhp and 129lb ft of torque, enough to haul the 1000kg car to 60mph in 9.2secs and eventually to wind it up to 112mph.
The full advert is reproduced below
Lancia Beta 2000IE Coupe For Sale (1982)
Decided to sell my beta Coupe, i have had it for a good no of yrs, having bought it to restore. as it was a good solid car with only minor bits and pieces needed. all sills and rear turrets were V good, and still are.
As the pics show it is now a very tidy beta, I have run out of time at the moment, and just cant get the enthusiasm to finish it. only reqires a couple of weekends to get it sorted. I have over £1500 in it, but looking to just get back a fair price for it, and let someone else finish the bits left. All the hard and costly work has been done.
Please dont think this is a concours nut and bolt rebild,it is v nice, but not to that scale.
Interior good, all orig books etc, it has a VX bonnet & grille, but is not one.