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SilverFleet
SilverFleet Dork
11/2/12 8:48 a.m.

So... you can add Lancia to the long list of orphan car brands.

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/marchionne-kills-lancia/

While their recent products have been pretty ugly and awful, I used to like their stuff growing up. I still want one of these:

And there's no denying the awesome that is the Stratos:

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
11/2/12 9:09 a.m.

Woody
Woody MegaDork
11/2/12 9:10 a.m.

I fear that I will make the Lancia Scorpion mistake some day.

Strizzo
Strizzo UberDork
11/2/12 9:14 a.m.

makes sense, lancia had basically become another badge engineered brand, and they had all of that they could stand now that they have chrysler.

dculberson
dculberson SuperDork
11/2/12 9:16 a.m.
Woody wrote: I fear that I will make the Lancia Scorpion mistake some day.

Still such a great looking car.

Ian F
Ian F PowerDork
11/2/12 9:19 a.m.

Sad, but at least the Stratos lives on... in a way...

http://www.hawkcars.co.uk/hf3000/index.html

HappyAndy
HappyAndy Dork
11/2/12 9:20 a.m.
Woody wrote: I fear that I will make the Lancia Scorpion mistake some day.

I would love to make that mistake. It probably wouldn't be the worst one I've made.

HappyAndy
HappyAndy Dork
11/2/12 9:21 a.m.

And on the bright side, the orphan cars shows are getting better every year

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit UltraDork
11/2/12 9:25 a.m.

I am kind of surprised it took this long, they really have not had anything very good in a long time. The last Lancia I remember is the Thema with the Ferrari motor in it.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH PowerDork
11/2/12 9:37 a.m.

Does this mean the Pininfarina Stratos can be built now that Lancia's lawyers are unemployed?

SilverFleet
SilverFleet Dork
11/2/12 9:39 a.m.

I knew it was only a matter of time when they threw the Delta badge on this atrocity...

oldsaw
oldsaw PowerDork
11/2/12 9:48 a.m.

Fiat's bond rating was reduced to junk status in 2009 and has been burrowing ever deeper since then. Eliminating a money pit like Lancia should have been done years ago.

This can't be a surprise.

HiTempguy
HiTempguy SuperDork
11/2/12 10:07 a.m.
GameboyRMH wrote: Does this mean the Pininfarina Stratos can be built now that Lancia's lawyers are unemployed?

I would buy one.

As for the Delta, I will own one. JDM ones are LHD, and the Evo3 version has been importable into canada for years. Expensive though $15-$20k.

pinchvalve
pinchvalve UltimaDork
11/2/12 10:10 a.m.

The Top Gear special on Lancia was enlightening, they were innovators in many ways. Their latest Lancia Thema was eerily familiar though...

Javelin
Javelin MegaDork
11/2/12 10:46 a.m.

Crap, now I have to buy a Lancia to go with my Pontiac and AMC. One day I hope to own nothing but orphans (so sell the 5, not Mazda goes under). Anybody have an Oldsmobile, Mercury, or Plymouth for sale?

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
11/2/12 10:56 a.m.

In reply to Javelin:

I have a Yugo for sale. does that work?

pres589
pres589 SuperDork
11/2/12 12:19 p.m.

I will sell you my Intrigue.

EvanR
EvanR HalfDork
11/2/12 12:35 p.m.

Lancia hasn't been even remotely interesting since they were swallowed up by FIAT in what, the late 60s or early 70s?

HappyAndy
HappyAndy Dork
11/2/12 1:13 p.m.

In reply to EvanR: Sarcasm?

Grizz
Grizz Dork
11/2/12 1:53 p.m.

If I ever get a new 300, I'm totally putting Lancia badges on it.

EvanR
EvanR HalfDork
11/2/12 2:15 p.m.
HappyAndy wrote: In reply to EvanR: Sarcasm?

No, not really. After the FIAT takeover, they were just tarted-up FIATs.

Now a Fulvia or Flammina, that's a Lancia.

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
11/2/12 2:17 p.m.

In reply to EvanR:

Umm. What about the Stratos, 037, Delta Integrale?

yamaha
yamaha Dork
11/2/12 2:17 p.m.

didn't the stratos, 037, and delta come along after the fiat takeover? I don't think any of those were "tarted up fiats"

Travis_K
Travis_K UltraDork
11/2/12 2:24 p.m.

The last real lancia was the fulvia, which was replaced by the beta in 1974? I think. Fiat made cool stuff too, but it wasnt the same as the older lancias.

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon MegaDork
11/2/12 2:51 p.m.
pinchvalve wrote: The Top Gear special on Lancia was enlightening, they were innovators in many ways. Their latest Lancia Thema was eerily familiar though...

I already hate those cars. This just makes it worse. Did FiLanChryCedes not learn from the GM badge engineering of the 1980's?

I've always sorta liked these, along with the Scorpion.

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