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LANCIA SCORPION

A current project is restoring a Lancia Scorpion. The Scorpion was created by difficult parents, launched in a difficult market, and had a short difficult life. Originally designed by Fiat as a big brother to the Fiat X1/9, it suffered from the gas crisis of the 70's and morphed from a protential small supercar with a V6 engine to a 4 cylinder powered car, and was instead sold by Lancia, which after a long history of producing innovative cars with high engineering content, had become a member of the Fiat group (as had Ferrari for that matter).

Still the specification was impressive in Europe (sold as the Montecarlo), but the growing emissions and bumper regulations in the USA during the 70's relagated the USA spec car to an also-ran. Nevertheless the basic specification, a small mid-engined two seat sports car, holds the promise of real real performance with selected upgrades. And it's Pinifarina styled body still turns heads even 35 years after it's time.

Contact Ron Jones at 949-637-6067 or rjones@rongineer.com