You’re looking for a limited-production Italian sports car from the ’70s, but only have $20,000 to spare. Sound impossible? It isn’t. There is a solution to your problem and it’s called the Lancia Scorpion. In 1976, Lancia presented the Scorpion, a US-spec version of its Beta Montecarlo model. The Montecarlo name couldn’t be used for the American market since Chevrolet already had the Monte Carlo, so Lancia decided to go with the aggressive Scorpion nameplate (via Motor Trend).
However, despite the car’s modern looks and technical layout, the Scorpion could have been a better performer. Its four-cylinder engine delivered only 81 HP in US spec. The Scorpion was on sale for two years (1976 and 1977) and sold around 1,800 examples in America. Today, these Lancias are rare but not exactly expensive and most of them now have engine transplants in the form of Fiat’s 2.0-liter engines. These engines produce more power and give the Scorpion the performance it deserves.