Lancia Beta Spyder

Welcome to our ‘Vehicle of the Month’ 2021 blog post series which we are continuing since August last year to share some of the most fascinating and remarkable car and motorbike stories, restoration projects and travel adventures of our customers.
Last month we shared our first motorbike story by Ross and his the story by Ian and his Harley-Davidson WLC named 'Betty'. This May we're continuing with our tenth 'Vehicle of the Month' - story by a Welsh lady that has brought her 1982 Lancia Beta Spyder back to life!


"Before and after - the car is now unrecognisable from its former neglected state"



"Looking a bit tired!"



"1982 Lancia Beta Spyder 2.0L. Subject of a complete, nut and bolt, bare metal restoration, totalling hundreds of hours of painstaking work. Virtually all the components have been replaced with NOS or remanufactured parts. Original parts have been media blasted and powder coated. Seats and door cards have been re-covered with original-matched material. Soft top replaced".




"Unloved and forgotten..."



"What a transformation!"



"And so it begins....."





"Rebuilt sills. All the metalwork was hand crafted, by incredibly skilful panel beating - forming the exact shape of the original".



"Everything was taken to bare not a scrap of rust remained"








"Shiny - like new!"



"Components stripped, media blasted and powder coated"




"Looking good......"





"Now for the front....."



"Work needed here!"



"That’s more like it!"



"New components"



"Ready to be refitted"



"New suspension - front and rear"


"Factory fresh again"




"Primer and undercoat"





"Coming together now"




"Stunning. I am very proud to be the owner of this beautiful Lancia. The Beta is a superb car, across the entire range, with tremendous road holding, coupled with the outstanding Lampredi 2.0 litre twin cam. This engine is also found (with injection) in the Beta Coupe and HPE IE and in the very rare supercharged version - the Volumex  - it is also fitted to many, many other Fiat and Lancia models. This particular Spyder is an amazing testament to the dedication, determination and sheer hard work carried out over a 2 year period by the previous owner. The car has been lovingly restored to factory condition..... ready for another 38 years!"

1 comment

  • Nice build. Looks perfect! I recently purchased an 1982 Zagato. My restoration story has only just begun. I could use a good resource to bounce a few questions off of. Parts availability here in the US is limited. I could use a contact n Europe to help run them down. Any interest?

    Shad Sellers

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