Vintage R&T Intro: 1976 Lancia Beta HPE and Scorpion – Now Federalized

Lancia’s renewed effort in the US market with its new Fiat-based cars was a mixed blessing. They were stylish, and had lovely interiors. And they had some very good dynamics, but their performance was pretty significantly blunted to meet US emission regulations. The HPE shooting brake’s output went from 120hp in European trim to 86hp. But it still delivered some satisfying driving qualities.


The Scorpion’s (Monte Carlo) went from 115hp to 81hp. But it too was judged to still be able to deliver the goods, at least in relative terms. And the Scorpion’s looks were of course blunted too by the 5 mile bumpers, but it was a highly distinctive car on US streets.