1978 Lancia Beta 1600 Coupe

1978 Lancia Beta 1600 Coupe

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Breadvan72

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Sunday 24th January
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V1nce Fox said:
Like the blue one next to it.
I have looked quite hard but can't see any blue cars in those photos. I can see a grey Jaguar.

gforceg

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Sunday 24th January
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CharlesdeGaulle

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Sunday 24th January
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gforceg said:
Oh, 'ello! Just spotted this.

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1297191
Strange ad.

I don't much like the colour but that could be an interesting buy. I wonder what it needs to finish?

gforceg

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Sunday 24th January
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I see what you mean. It's like poeple who start an ad with "I'm thinking of selling my car...". Well, let me know when you're sure.


It would be good to know what still needs to be done to it.

Breadvan72

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Sunday 24th January
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That car has been for sale since 1189.

gforceg

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Sunday 24th January
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6th of July by any chance?

Breadvan72

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Sunday 24th January
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6 July during the last Ice Age, I think .


AW111

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97 months

Sunday 24th January
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Breadvan72 said:
gforceg said:
Good stuff, I only ask because the last carbed car I had was a bit of a balancing act to get running in very cold weather.
They certainly can be. I used to have difficulties with My Dolomite Sprint (twin SUs) on very cold days, but this Beta with a single twin choke Weber usually starts OK.
Those little downdraft Webers generally perform quite well without being cantankerous as long as no-one's disconnected the choke.


Breadvan72

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Sunday 24th January
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Thin tyre FWD snow fun has been had. Car now jetwashed all round and underneath, and back indoors.

Breadvan72

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A friend sent me this. His father's car, pictured some time circa 1981.




IT seems from DVLA that this Beta VLM 80X made it to 1991 before being scrapped, or going into storage or off register. Most likely scrapped.

There is a very vague connection between it and my car, because the owner of the red one was a man called Flight Lieutenant Tommy Thompson, who served five years as an RAF engine fitter working on Spitfires before he was commissioned as a pilot. He then flew Vampires, Canberras, Provosts, Victors, Hunters, and Hawks, and retired as the oldest Flight Lieutenant in the RAF, because he refused to be promoted, so that he could carry on flying. His son taught me to fly. Tommy bought cars for their engines. He had for example a Riley Kestrel ( a real one, not a badge engineered ADO16), a Fiat 124, and the Beta. My Beta was first owned by a Spitfire pilot called Eric Garland MC, MBE. Eric died in 2016 and Tommy in 2019.

Edited by Breadvan72 on Monday 25th January 06:56

V1nce Fox

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32 months

Sunday 24th January
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OK, grey then.


Breadvan72

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Sunday 24th January
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In the snow, all Jags are grey. That is my only modern heap.

V1nce Fox

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Sunday 24th January
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I kind of like that both cars have a similarity of intent, just separated by time and engineering.

They’re both the cars of a cad and a bounder, just a few years apart.

Breadvan72

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Breadvan72

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V1nce Fox

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Saturday 30th January
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Remember these as a teenager, thinking they looked effortlessly cool and stylish.

It’s aged very, very well

Breadvan72

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Saturday 30th January
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They are very practical as well as great fun They are like a Tardis - bigger on the inside, and can be a serious family motor. The two litre Lampredi with a supercharger pulls like a three litre.

CharlesdeGaulle

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Saturday 30th January
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I like it too, but I'm not sure I 15 grand like it.

V1nce Fox

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Saturday 30th January
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For 15k i’d crack at the last minute and buy a manual 911 instead, but that’s because i’m a bit crass.

What sort of power did these make?

Breadvan72

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Saturday 30th January
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I cannot recall the numbers without checking. Not a huge BHP rating, but good torque, and not very heavy, so they go well.

15K is too much, especially for LHD.