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 Monte Carlo, so Lancia decided to go with a more aggressive Scorpion nameplate. However, despite the car’s modern looks then and technical layout, the Scorpion could have been a better performer as its four-cylinder engine delivered only 81 HP (via Motor Trend).
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. Most of them have Fiat’s 2.0-liter engines, which produce more power and give Scorpion the performance it deserves.