CC Outtake: 1996 Lancia Y10 – Grazie Luigi


The Lancia Y10 was always a rare sight in the UK; after the 1970s rust debacle, sales of Lancias fell off very quickly and by 1994, RHD Lancias were no longer made. The last ones sold in the UK were the Dedra saloon (yes, that was its name) and the Delta hatchback.

Despite its aspirational image, the Y10 was actually based on the very modest Fiat Panda Punto, powered by  1.1, 1.2 and 1.4 L gasoline engines, with styling by the Fiat Style Centre. It was produced from 1985 to 1996 and in some markets, it was sold as the Autobianchi Y10. This is one of the later third series, with a major restyle and a plusher interior.


Whilst this car has a British registration, from 1996 to 1997, UK sales ended in 1994 after a disappointing run, although in total over 850,000 were built, all in Italy. This car therefore must have been privately imported, presumably by Luigi, and jugding by the items strewn over the interior, for the use of his girlfriend.


Any Y10 is an unusual sight here now; a tidy example of the later model even more so. Thanks for brightening a rainy day, Luigi!