The Beta, announced at the Turin Motor Show in 1972, was the first new Lancia model since the take over by Fiat in 1969. Initially only saloons with 1600cc and 1800cc engines were available, but a 1400cc model was added in 1973. 1974 saw the expansion of the range with a coupT, and spider followed by the Montecarlo coupT and the HPE sports estate in 1975. There were several engine changes towards the end of the 1970s with fuel injection coming in in 1981. This is a book of contemporary road and comparisons tests, specification and technical data, new model introductions, driver’s impressions, long term tests. Models covered include:- Berlina, 1800, 1600, 1800ES, Series II, 2000, 2000ES Auto, Trevi, CoupT, HPE, 1300, Volumex, Supercharged CoupT, Supercharged HPE, CoupT IE, Scorpion, Montecarlo, HPE 2000 IE, HPE 200VX, Spider.