In 1976, Lancia presented the Scorpion, a U.S.-spec version of its Beta Montecarlo model. They couldn’t use the Montecarlo name for the American market since Chevrolet already had a Monte Carlo. So, Lancia decided to go with the aggressive Scorpion nameplate.
However, despite the car’s modern wedge looks and technical layout, the Scorpion wasn’t exactly a great performer. And that was because its four-cylinder engine delivered only 81 HP in U.S. spec. They sold the Scorpion for two years, 1976 and 1977, selling around 1,800 of them in America.