Monte Moments

1970

TAKING SHAPE

Paolo Martin's initial proposals for the Fiat 124 Coupe successor were penned in 1969 and this 1970 work-up was confirmed in '71. It didn't change much for production. g

1976

SCORPION LAUNCHES

The Beta Montecarlo was sold in the US during 1976 and 1977 as the Scorpion. A smaller 81hp 1756cc engine was fitted along with ugly bumpers and some gawky one-piece headlamps.

1980

RACE RELATIONS

Lancia won the World Championship of Makes in 1980 with the Montecarlo Turbo. Sharing the centre section with the road car, the Turbo developed up to 490hp in full race trim.

1983

RALLY 037 WINS TITLE

We're still not sure how Rohrl and Alen piloted their rear-wheel drive Lancia Rally 037s to victory over Stig Blomqvist's Audi Quattro on gravel in the Acropolis Rally.