Lancia Sorpion, Second series in Gold
A delightful car.
This is the one with the later series wheels, and glass sail panels in the back so you can actually see to change lanes. ( remember the early Lotus Europas ? )
A California car, no rust to speak of, been beached for years.
I picked it up as a project for myself, spent an insane amount of shop time diaing it in, and just as I was ready to call it a daily driver I got swamped with other activities.
I fixed most everything on it and it is a turn key driver. New battery & $10 of gas.....
Kinda cool ! Really like the early wheels.
The paint looks OK here, but it is faded on the hood. You could shoot the whole car, but I was going to just paint the front .
The sides have nice patina. Straight, never been hit. Doors shut cleanly.
A motoring classic ! As are some of those chassis in the background... ( Fulvia, Citroen GS, 928 four cam with manual box )
Three of the four seat panels are in red leather. The fourth is original plastic in the color of a hospital waiting room. The sheepskin covers stay on..
The speedometer ( not working, needs a drive cable I think ) looks new and says 0000 miles. I think the last owner threw alot of new parts at it.
Looks great fom this angle. Factory exhaust & catalitic.
As a matter of fact all the California smog gear is there except for the air pump drive belt. The air pump seized, but a spare is in the trunk.
The car was never in Oregon, I just put that plate on to cover the hole. I have the orig California pink slip, Signed off, but not dated. Last reg expired in 1982. NO CA plate to be found though.
OK: I should ad a few more photos , but here's the gist:
Turn key driver, no rust, I made most everything work; headlights lift, wipers, brake lights, turn signals, Spent hours & hours rebuilding the seized windows,
they now go up. Front latch was seized & pull lever busted. made a new one on the mill out of billet alumnum. Rear pull lever also busted, ran out of time before I made one for that application.
doors lock, did the alignment, brakes work ( Slight sponge in pedal ) New clutch slave, bled & working well, carb functioning nicely. ignition tuned. Mirror goes loose & moves in the freeway airstream.
Oh here's a note: The previous owner said the engine was freshly rebuilt and never ran. When I took off the valve covers it did look new. Good compression.
All CA smog gear is installed, but the last guy didn't non op it so there are some $749 in back fees if you register it in CA. I say walk to freedom & register it in some other state.
Totally original no rust Italian mid engine car. Could be more affordable than some other mid engine Italians these days...
Oh, missing: Original air filter. Someone put in dual oil filters in that area. It has a pierce chrome unit instead. At least the oil stays clean. The yellow cam belt cover is missing also. The belts feel a little oily. Probably a good idea to change them. It doesn't leak fluids, and the bottom tray is still on the chassis, not lost in some guys garage, An AC car, and all the AC stuff is there but the freon is low. gear shift is loose like all Scorpions.
You can put in new plastic ball joints or upgrade to heim joints. Spare tire is the original alloy as the other four. Tracks true & straight. No miles on somewhat older Pirellis. No cracks in sidewalls. 100% tread left.
Over 6 months of tuning it, I probably spent alot more in shop time than what it will sell for. Consider it a free car with enough 1/2 price labor to make it a driver. Passion does fog the common sense mechanism.
If I wasn't swamped at work, I'd keep it for myself. Good shocks & taught suspension too.
Did I forget anything ? Send me an email and ask.
Happy motoring !
Oh, here's a few more snaps from the lift:
Like that cool central cooling snorkle.
No rust below the belt..
Hey, braided stainless lines !
No oil puddles dripping off of the driveline.
Look, that bottom cover that is always missing is there. This is a car that spent a lot of time out of the weather.
And there ya have it !
Off to contact the Guys at BAT & see if they would like to present it to the cognoscenti.....
Oh and wait... A final bonus. Comes with this cool ad. Looks like the 80's but the car is titled as a 1977.
Ahead of the times !