All cars rust, but Italian cars built in the 1970s have perfected corrosion to the point where it can be considered an art form. Some blame the sub-par quality of the steel used to manufacture these cars, while others point to the near-complete lack of rust-proofing. In truth, it’s probably a little bit of both.
The way Australia’s humid climate attacks 40-year old Italian machines is almost unbelievable. Humidity gets trapped in every little crevasse and slowly chews away at the sheet metal until the car looks like a piece of Swiss cheese. After spending enough time outdoors they look like melting ice cubes. Remember the Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT featured in these pages a few months ago?
I don’t know the story behind the four Lancia Betas pictured below. I stopped to take a few pictures and drove off. They were on private property so I couldn’t get any closer to them, and I unfortunately had no time to stop and see if I could find someone to let me in.