The first Montecarlo I've ever seen was this red S1 Coupe, which stood at a local Fiat-Dealer in Homburg/Saar, Germany in the end of the 80's and was in "very good" condition. I think it's gone to Lancia's heaven a long time ago now (if anyone knows the car please tell me).

 

 

OK, not actually a Monte, but that's what I could afford at this time - a 1976 Fiat 127. It was cheap, rusty like hell, lots of work but I learned much about welding and such things. The paint work was home made for financial reasons. And the mechanical parts were almost unbreakable.

 

Unfortunately one day the engine of my first car gone (after the oil pump broke away), so that was my second 127 from 1984. I did some optical tuning with parts from  the 127 Sport, but the engine was still the standard 900cm.

 

Many years later and after studying etc. I was finally able to fulfill my old dream and bought in 1996 this red '78 Monte Coupe near Frankfurt. The body wasn't such as bad despite a leaking rear window and following floor panel corrosion, but the mechanical components were a disaster. It was great to drive it but I needed ages to get it running properly and there was still lots to do, so I had more garage time then driving fun.

 

 

In 1999 this car died in an accident, which was caused by an other driver. Because of some structural frame-damage repairing wasn't economic, so it was scrapped for parts.

 

I couldn't stand without a Monte, so some months later I got this nice '82 Spider which is mine 'til now. It's almost original despite the ATC alloy wheels, a Momo steering wheel (which smaller diameter gives more leg space) and some extra gauges and alcantara styling in the interior.

 

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This car is in rather fine condition, so we had lots of great driving and also some nice meetings with our Lancia club friends so far. And it was our wedding vehicle too.

 

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But as the season 2001 ends now, it'll be time for some work. My "baby" needs some new paint as the original is worn-out and the rear crossmember has to be replaced because it's broken apart ...

 

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So during the winter time the Monte found his place at a garage far from home to get a new make up for his metal body and also plastic trim parts. It was partly disassembled, some welding had to be done, the hidden remains of an old accident were found and removed. And the broken crossmember was exchanged for a spare bought from Monte Hospital which fitted very well - thanks boys.

 

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The paint shop needed ages to start with the job but their work was very well done. My car got its original silver paint again because of originality and the good look of this colour contrasting with the dark grey plastic parts. After seven months of rest and work it was ready just in time to start for a Lancia meeting in the Black Forest region.

 

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The year 2002 left unfortunately only little time for driving and events, but at least we could go for the Bad Koenig british and italian car meeting. I hope next year will be better.

 

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The year 2003 was great fun with lots of events and fast driving and so it should go on.

 

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2004 the main aim was new struts and springs as the old ones were just scrap.

 

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Now the roadholding is Monte again instead of an Impala (the animal not the car), the car looking much better too, because it's lowered a bit now. And changed the 195/50 to 205/50 at the rear axle.

 

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