Special Engine and Body Conversions.
LDD made this nosecone and the 2-piece rear spoiler in the 1980's.
UK, 1991: Ferrari 288 GTO / 308
This conversion started in 1988 and was finished in 1991. The basis was a 1976 LHD Montecarlo (#1648), bought in the UK and converted to RHD. The model choice was influenced by the Pininfarina design of both models and they had about the same basic side contour. The new body form was made from polyurethane foam and glass fibre. It uses the original Lancia engine cover, cut away rear wings and only a small part of the original front bonnet in the middle. The car now has 13" Compomotive wheels and the standard 2 litre engine. Twin round rear lights are original Ferrari 308.
This is really a "one off" project that took 3 years to complete, but the result is a smashing car!
The car was sold by its creator in 1994 and after that last seen in the London area.
Full report in Cars and Car Conversions 10.1991.
In November 2009 the car was offered for sale in West Yorkshire as 'Ferrari 288 GTO recreation' with 3 piece Speedline alloys.
UK, 1993 See also story in replica.html
BE, 2006 - 2007
|Montecarlo conversion to 030, 2006||Montecarlo conversion to 030, 2007; See more info in Replicas|
BE, 2007 - 2008
Led Design Innovation (LDI) a Belgium creator of architectural LED lighting, part of ETAP Lighting (a European manufacturer of functional lighting in Belgium), bought this Montecarlo #2670 in The Netherlands. In 2008 it was restored and converted to an eye catcher on international lighting fairs.
|10.2007, as bought||1.2008, restoring||2.2008, promotion|
|2.2008: The magnificent "Led Design Coupe" equipped with some of their latest innovative LED products.|
Thanks to www.eenendertig.be and LDI for supplying the latest info and photos.
Italy, Gp.4 look
This car was imported from Italy to Switzerland in 1986 and was since then used by the same owner at Hockenheim, Dijon and several slalom and hill climb races in Switzerland.
|Scorpion #299, 2004||Convertible, see also Convertible|
USA, 2004 - 2007 Spain
Lancia Turbo GP5 : Scorpion Montecarlo Abarth prototype with LeMans GP-5 Long Tail Bodywork, aluminium doors, composite hood, 037 Double Bubble roof and one-piece, flip-up engine cover, adjustable carbon wing. Garrett T3/T4, intercooled Turbo 1800cc twin cam, Electromotive programmable fuel injection. aluminium fuel cell. Many race and Abarth pieces, 15x8 front, 15x12 rear Magnesium 3piece wheels with new Yokohama AVS ZR DOT street legal tires 205/50 front, 345/35 rear. Wilwood dual callipers, Integrale vented rotors, LEDA coil-overs with Suspension Specialty springs, MOMO seats, steering wheel and shift knob, 6 point safety cage with Sparco 5 point restraints. Speedglass custom windshield. Fire system. 50/50 weight distribution and only 1,811lbs. 320hp., laptop tuneable with data-logging. Capable of 500+ HP! Comfortable and safe to drive really, really fast! Fully licensed, race and street legal. Comes with maintenance and track logs. Additional 'stock doors' with roll-up windows for street use. CA. smog exempt Abarth number and I.D. Plate. This factory based tribute car is a professionally built custom Lancia one-off is fresh from a complete restoration of all mechanicals with all new components. For use this vehicle at local track days, driving tours, or blast through the canyons.
This car was sold from California to Spain in 2007 where it will be repainted in the Martini colours.
USA, 1983 - 2006
We believe the original builder of the race car was Leo Weber. Was he the original owner? Leo owned an auto repair business (specializing in Nissan) in Manhattan Beach, CA. Before 1990 the car was up on a steel rack in front of his shop, basically being used as a sign. We assume he raced the car in California SCCA events. The car has the number '5', SCCA stickers and 'SP' near the number 5. The car was raced in the 1983 IMSA Camel GT Sears Point 3 Hours (GTO class) with co-driver Wolfgang Nachsel. There are 'IMSA' and 'Camel GT' stickers on the doors.
In the early 1990's, the car was sold to John M. Hoyt who drove
the car on the streets of Los Angeles for several years. He painted the car in
grey and black primer to cut down on police 'attention'. The car was eventually
taken to Arkansas and then on to South Carolina. The engine currently in the car
is apparently a production Lancia 2 litre. When John bought the car, he did not
buy the race engine. The race engine was supposed to have been a 4-valve, turbo
4 cylinder. It is said the 2.1L turbo 16V race engine was claimed to have over 600HP.
In 2006 the car was sold on Ebay and transported to Texas where the restoration started. Plans are to keep the car track-only. Once completed, it will be taken to car shows and maybe a few track days. Follow the progress at: http://projectlancia.com/ .
Italy, 1984 Jolly Club
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