1982-1986 Lancia Prisma. It needs no introduction.
The Prisma replaced Lancia’s much-loved Trevi. ItalDesign produced the crisp and timeless bodywork which improved upon the rather coarse and inertly proportioned Delta.
The engine range ran from 1300 to 1600. In typical Lancia style, the seats had Zegna upholstery and air conditioning was an option. In truth the Prisma offered all the refinements one could have expected from Lancia. Not only that, the 1600 Twin Cam engine was markedly faster than BMW’s 316. All round independent suspension helped the car corner and ride with astonishing fluidity and disc brakes (when many still had drums at the rear) added further distinction to the Prisma. Every car resisted rust like no Lancia before it: 35 kilos of rust-proofing held the rot at a bay and every car was subject to 3000 checks before leaving the production line.