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   HISTORY OF THE BETA MONTECARLO        
                         
            The last member to join the Beta family was the Montecarlo. In 1970 Pininfarina had started to develop a mid-engined sportscar for Fiat, under the code name X1/8. This was the first time Pininfarina had undertaken the design of a complete vehicle rather than adapting a body to an existing chassis. The code name was changed to X1/20 in the following year but the style and layout of the car remained very much the same. The design evolved during the next 2 years, reaching its definite form in 1974. Pininfarina had worked closely with Abarth and consequently one prototype was fitted with an Abarth-prepared 3-litre V6 engine with a power output of 285bhp. This car, identified as the Abarth-Pininfarina 030, finished second to a Lancia Stratos in the Giro d'Italia in 1974 (its first competition!).  
                         
            The first oil crisis in 1973 made Fiat decide to market the new car through the Lancia network and utilise the 2-litre engine from the Beta. For the first time ever, in addition to designing and styling the new car, Pininfarina was also to build it. The name chosen was Beta Montecarlo, to commemorate Lancia's 3rd victory in this most prestigious rally, gained by the Stratos in 1975. The new car was formally introduced at the Geneva motor show in March 1975. The right hand drive version only went on sale in the UK in March 1977.  
                         
         
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            The new car had a somewhat mixed reception from the motoring press after its launch. The road holding and handling gained high praise, with comments such as "formidable" being used to describe it. The ride was also considered very good, comfortable and absorbent. Straight-line performance was rated as acceptable, particularly for a 2 litre car weighing over a ton. Some testers thought that greater power would have been more in keeping with the character of the car and certainly could have been matched by its roadholding and handling. A more serious criticism put forward was that the front brakes locked up far too easily on wet roads. With most of the weight over the rear wheels and with servo-assistance only to the front brakes, the forward weight transference under braking was insufficient to maintain good front wheel grip.  
                         
            About a year after its introduction in Europe, a version of the Montecarlo was produced for the American market, called Lancia Scorpion. The American car used the emission-controlled 1800 unit with a catalytic converter, resulting in a maximum power output of only 81bhp SAE at 5,900rpm. Other changes were the addition of heavier bumpers and the use of circular headlamps. The combination of the reduced power and the increased weight limited the performance of the car to a max. speed of 112mph and a 0-60mph acceleration of about 11 seconds. Consequently, sales of the Scorpion was disappointing and after only a year, imports to the US ended in 1977.  
                         
            In 1978 production of the Montecarlo was suspended, most likely because Pininfarina's limited production capacity was to be concentrated on the production of the more expensive and profitable Lancia Gamma Coupe (while sales of the Montecarlo and Scorpion were lower than expected). This pause in production gave Lancia and Pininfarina the opportunity to make changes, resulting in the second series Montecarlo which was launched at the Geneva motor show in March 1980. The most significant changes were:  
              Removing the servo-assistance to the front brakes      
              Increasing the disc brake size on all 4 wheels        
              Using the 14inch alloy wheels of the Beta Coupe (to be able to increase the disc size)  
              Widening the front and rear track by 10mm        
              Adding electronic ignition to increase torque to 17,4kgm at 3,400rpm    
              Reducing the weight to 970kg        
              Revising the front grille, mirrors and badging      
            However, production of the second series ended in 1981, only six years after the model was introduced. Right-hand-drive versions reached the UK in May 1981 and remained on sale until the summer of 1983.  
                         
            The total numbers of each series/type is listed below. The spider version of the car had a canvas roof designed and patented by Pininfarina - it was a clever design where the roof was rolled up and stored in the roll bar, above the rear window. The operation is easy and the roof can be removed in under 5 seconds.  
         
 
             
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
               
 
       
   BETA MONTECARLOS IN NEW ZEALAND        
                         
            A limited number of new Beta Montecarlos was imported into New Zealand by Ateco Ltd (Previously Azzuro Cars). Most of these were the second series model. Unfortunately, due to market prices in Australia being higher than in New Zealand, a few of these original New Zealand cars have been exported across the Tasman Sea. All other cars were imported from overseas. We currently have in the country:  
                         
            3 Scorpions        
              1978 137ASO*0100533   USA Converted to 037 replica Not a LRNZ member  
              1977 137ASO*0100559   USA LHD - Soft top - Solid butresses    
              ? 137ASO*0101598   USA LHD - Soft top - Glass butresses Not a LRNZ member  
            11 First series Montecarlos        
              1977 137ASO*0002031   Germany LHD - Coupe - Solid butresses Not a LRNZ member  
              1977 137ASO*0003022   UK RHD - Soft top - Glass butresses    
              1978 137ASO*0003042   UK RHD - Coupe - Glass butresses    
              1977 137ASO*0003076   UK Being converted to 037 replica Not a LRNZ member  
              1978 137ASO*0003105   UK RHD - Coupe - Glass butresses Not a LRNZ member  
              1978 137ASO*0003254   NZ new RHD - Coupe - Glass butresses    
              1978 137ASO*0003287   ? RHD - Coupe - Glass butresses    
              1978 137ASO*0003355   Hong Kong RHD - Soft top - Glass butresses    
              1978 137ASO*0003633   Bahrein LHD - Coupe - Solid butresses Not a LRNZ member  
              ? 137ASO*0003772   Singapore Being converted to 037 replica    
              1978 137ASO*0003846   NZ new RHD - Coupe - Glass butresses Not a LRNZ member  
            8 Second series Montecarlos        
              1985 137ASO*0005051   South Africa RHD - Coupe - Glass butresses    
              1981 137ASO*0005434   Singapore RHD - Soft top - Glass butresses Not a LRNZ member  
              1982 137ASO*0005627   NZ new RHD - Coupe - Glass butresses    
              1982 137ASO*0005652   South Africa RHD - Soft top - Glass butresses    
              1982 137ASO*0005657   NZ new RHD - Coupe - Glass butresses Not a LRNZ member  
              1982 137ASO*0005658   NZ new RHD - Coupe - Glass butresses    
              1982 137ASO*0005760   UK RHD - Soft top - Glass butresses    
              1984 137ASO*0005866   UK RHD - Soft top - Glass butresses    
                         
            Another 4 Montecarlos used to be in the country:        
              One first series came from the USA and was exported to Australia    
              137AS00005431 was an original NZ car (2nd series/silver) and was scrapped     
              137AS00005659 was an original NZ car (2nd series/blue) and was exported to Australia  
              137AS00005660 was an original NZ car (2nd series/silver) and was exported to Australia  
                         
            A detailed list of Montecarlos currently in New Zealand is shown below.    
                         
  Allan carter 01,Allan carter 01
 
                YEAR & SERIES 1978 SCORPION  
                    CHASSIS NO 137ASO*0000533  
                    COLOUR Martini livery  
                    INTERIOR ?  
                    SOFT TOP/COUPE Double bubble  
                    REAR QUARTER Solid butresses  
                    RHD/LHD LHD converted to RHD  
                    ORIGIN Imported from the USA  
                    NUMBER OF NZ OWNERS 2  
                    CONDITION Excellent  
                    MODIFICATIONS Converted to an 037  
                    CURRENT OWNER Allan & Alex Carter  
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
 
 
                YEAR & SERIES 1977 SCORPION  
                    CHASSIS NO 137AS0*0000559  
                    COLOUR original/current Metallic Blue/Red  
                    INTERIOR Brown vinyl  
                    SOFT TOP/COUPE Soft top  
                    REAR QUARTER Solid butresses  
                    RHD/LHD LHD intended to be converted to RHD  
                    ORIGIN Imported from the USA in 1991  
                    NUMBER OF NZ OWNERS 2  
                    CONDITION Stored - needs restoration  
                    MODIFICATIONS ?  
                    CURRENT OWNER Donovan Hoar  
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
  Onno 03
 
                YEAR & SERIES 1977 FIRST SERIES  
                    CHASSIS NO 137AS0*0002031  
                    COLOUR original/current Metallic Blue/Red  
                    INTERIOR Red Fabric  
                    SOFT TOP/COUPE Coupe  
                    REAR QUARTER Solid butresses  
                    RHD/LHD LHD  
                    ORIGIN Imported from Germany  
                    NUMBER OF NZ OWNERS 2  
                    CONDITION Stored - needs restoration  
                    MODIFICATIONS    
                    CURRENT OWNER Allan & Alex Carter  
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
                         
 
 
                YEAR & SERIES 1977 FIRST SERIES  
                    CHASSIS NO 137ASO*0003022  
                    COLOUR Metallic Blue  
                    INTERIOR Red Fabric  
                    SOFT TOP/COUPE Soft top  
                    REAR QUARTER Glass butresses  
                    RHD/LHD RHD  
                    ORIGIN Imported from the UK in 1979  
                    NUMBER OF NZ OWNERS 4  
                    CONDITION Stored - needs restoration  
                    MODIFICATIONS Second series mirrors  
                      Fiat Engine  
                    CURRENT OWNER Ralph Roden  
                         
                         
                         
                         
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