Lancia Gamma 1983


The Lancia Gamma replaced the Flavia as the company's flagship model and was launched at the 1976 Geneva Motor Show. Both the Saloon (Berlina) and Coupe were styled by Aldo Brovarone of Pininfarina. Power for the Gamma was provided by an all-alloy flat-four unit of either 2.0 or 2.5-litres capacity. The engine's inherent lack of height gave Brovarone free rein to create rakish looking bodies with low bonnet lines and steeply angled windscreens.

The car's underpinnings were similar to that of its smaller sibling, the Beta - disc brakes front and rear and all independent suspension by MacPherson struts with coil springs and anti-roll bars. Changes were relatively few during the six years of production and largely confined to the facelift model of 1980 that comprised: a move from carburettors to fuel injection for the engines; a new radiator grille and 15-inch `sunburst' alloy wheels. At the same time the interior was upgraded and treated to new instrumentation and lighting.

While the Gamma saloons were built at Lancia's Chivasso factory, the Coupes were manufactured on Pininfarina's prestigious premises at the rate of up to 10 per day. Some 6,789 examples were built by the time production ceased in 1984.

The 1983 car offered is therefore one of the last off the line. A righthand drive model, it is finished in blue with a blue cloth interior and a sunroof is included in the specification. This remarkably original looking Gamma is powered by a 2.0-litre engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

The vendor believes but does not warrant the indicated mileage of 78,612 to be genuine and the car comes complete with a history file including the names and addresses of all five previous owners, brochures, road test reports and manuals. According to the vendor, the vehicle is in "very good" condition with regard to its engine, gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork. It is certainly rare to find one of these graceful Coupes at auction, let alone one in such seemingly original order.

Image and description kindly supplied by H&H Classic Auctions

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