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Join Date: May 2013
County: Phnom Penh
Does notoriety make it cool? There must be more made up rust-related stories about these cars than anything else. Most of them aren't actually true but you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story. "They rusted so much that the engines fell out as you were driving along and Lancia had to buy every single one back" is much more dramatic than "They had a rust problem which meant subframes sometimes came loose and Lancia bought back the affected cars".
If notoriety doesn't work, the design was way ahead of anything being produced in Britain at the time so, compared to a Ford Cortina, a Marina, or a Vauxhall Victor, it was probably pretty cool. It had twin overhead cams and a timing belt in a time of pushrods and rattly timing chains, it had a five speed box when most motorists had only just given up having three-on-the-tree, it had independent suspension when cart-springs were still considered state of the art.
If nothing else, it will always be a talking point.
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