The name Beta identifies a range of cars (saloon, Trevi sedan, coupe, HPE, spider, Scorpion and Monte Carlo) produced by Lancia between 1972 and 1984. Beta was the first new car launched by Lancia after its acquisition by Fiat in 1969.
The Beta Spider was not built directly from Lancia. The normal Beta Coupé shells were sent to Zagato, which was able to cut, modify and set them up, and then return them to the Chivasso Lancia Plant where the mechanical parts were assembled. The only trace of this pilgrimage is Zagato’s letter “Z”, which is located on the bottom of the luggage compartment.
The first specimens do not have the cross over the doors, which was subsequently added to increase the torsional rigidity of the body. The Spider’s evolution followed closely that of the Coupe, except for certain specific components, such as the rear optical units (with a slightly modified layout during the restyling of 1975), the rear bumper (which in 1977, with the placings appearing rectangular instead of square, lost the central groove needed before).
Even the luggage compartment and the rear seat were specific to this version, but did not change over the years. Other differences with the Coupé are the front (slightly longer) and rear mudguards, the centre console of the first and second series with 4 switches instead of the 5th coupe (due to the absence of the rear window), the tool box equal to that of the Fulvia and so on. The evolution of the Beta Spider stopped at the third series of Coupé and HPE.
The car that we have here is finished in white with a two-tone black and brown trim characteristic of the era. This Beta Spider is described to be in generally good condition, it comes to the sale with its ASI certification and Italian registration papers.