- 1983 Lancia Beta HPE VX
- Based on the Lancia Beta
- Desirable 2 Litre Supercharged version
- Lovely original and unmolested condition
- Very rare as never made available in the UK
Launched in 1972, the Lancia Beta was the first all new model made since the takeover of Lancia by Italian giant, Fiat in 1969.
Built between ’72 and ’84, the line grew to include a number of different body styles, namely the Beta Berlina (4-door fastback saloon), Beta Trevi (4-door notchback saloon), Beta Coupé (2-door coupé), Beta Spider (2-door Targa) and finally, the Beta HPE (3-door estate).
All models featured 4-cylinder DOHC engine ranging from 1.3 litres to 2 litres, 5-speed gearboxes, rack and pinion steering, fully independent suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes.
The Beta went through a number of evolutions over the years, culminating in 1983 with the VX (also known as Volumex) versions. Available in the Trevi, Coupé and HPE versions, the VX was fitted with the top of the range 2 Litre engine fitted with Roots-type supercharger boosting power to 133 bhp, making them the most powerful Beta models produced. Today the VX models are extremely rare and sought after, of the 425,000 Betas built just 7,500 were VX models.
The car offered today is one of the 2,370 HPE (High Performance Estate) examples built in VX specification. Considering Lancia’s susceptibility to corrosion and the low values in recent years, it would be impossible to know just how many survive today, but we would imagine it is a fraction of the original 2,370.
This particular car was first registered in July 1983 in Italy and remained in Italy until 2015, at which point the car was bought by German specialist Histogarage, based in Adelsried in the Germany. The went through the formidable TÜV inspection in October 2016 before being bought by the current owner a month later.
Now registered in Belgium the car was driven from there to our premises near Bibury, a testament to the owner’s faith in the reliability of the Volumex. Never offered for sale in the UK, this quirky but very cool estate represents a fun and exciting opportunity for someone looking for the Italian flair and performance from an unrepeatable era, for not a very large outlay.