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LANCIA BETA SALOON

4-door 5-seater saloon.

First ever 'Fiat-Lancia', with transverse Fiat-derived twin cam engine and five-speed transmission. Style looked hatchback but was convetional saloon. Really a replacement for Flavia range, it had front-wheel drive and good stability and roadholding. Power outputs ranged form 82bhp to 122bhp, depending on engine size and year produced. A good idea which went wrong, due to appalling rust problems, well publicised. Even so, gave rise to smart coupé in 1973, and HPE derivatives in 1975 (see below).

Technical Specifications

Engine:
1297cc/1301cc/1438cc/1585cc/1592cc/1756cc/1995cc (S4 Tr DOC) 
Configuration:
Front engine, front-wheel drive 
Production dates:
1972 to 1981  
Number produced:
194,916