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Pininfarina-built 1978 Lancia Gamma 2500 for sale on Hemmings.com. From the seller’s description:
This Lancia Gamma is one of 6790 coupes built. It was sold new in Spain. Finished in white with a contrasting blue/beige interior, the car was repainted a year ago and looks nice. The undercarriage is 100% rust free. The interior is in perfect original condition. Engine is believed to be original to the car. It is in great running condition with a recent tune-up and major service being done. The car is a strong driver on the road with over $14,000 in recent work performed over the last 2 years. The car is running on new tires. New exhaust pipe.
The Lancia Gamma (Tipo 830) was an executive car manufactured by Lancia. Following its debut at the 1976 Geneva Motor Show as Lancia’s new flagship, the Gamma was marketed as 4 door fastback saloon as the Berlina (1976-1984) and as 2 door coupé (1977-1984), both designed by Pininfarina – with 15272 and 6790 manufactured respectively. The Gamma superceded the old Lancia Flavia. Although both were designed by Pininfarina, only the coupe was assembled on their production line (alongside the Ferrari 400i), the saloon being a purely Lancia-built product.
The Lancia Gamma was a front-wheel drive car with longitudinally-mounted boxer engine and with either a 5-speed manual transmission. Lancia developed unique flat-4 engines for the Gamma. The Lancia Flavia and Flavia Coupe had used 1.8 and 2.0 litre flat four engines. Engine designer De Virgilio also drew up an engine for the Gamma which was a V6 4-cam with either 3- or 4-litre displacement, but this never came to fruition.
The flat engine, though large for a modern 4-cylinder petrol engine, lacked the cachet associated with six and eight cylinder engines but enabled Pininfarina chief stylist Aldo Brovarone to lower the coupé’s bonnet line and to steeply rake its windscreen. Pressure cast in alloy with wet cylinder liners, the engine was light and produced 140 bhp (104 kW), (120 bhp (89 kW) in 2.0-litre form) its torque was available at just 2000 rpm. Initially available with a displacement of 2.5 L (Gamma 2500), it was later joined by a 2.0 L version (Gamma 2000), which resulted from the Italian tax system (cars with engines larger than 2.0 L are subject to heavier tax burden). Both displacements were using Weber carburetors, and the 2.5 L also came in a version fitted with fuel injection.
Warwick, Rhode Island
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