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« on: July 23, 2020, 03:37:52 PM »

Hi all, New to the forum but not to Lancias. My first car as a beta 1600 coupe, white withthe bright orange interior ! So cool.
Im lookin gta an HPE VX, and wondered if anyopne knew it. its A252 TKX.
Does anyone know the car and have any tips of what to look at when buying, other than its rusted out in all the usual places !!!

Also, does anyone have access to the recaro interiro they did in a few of the VX's? Id love to find one and swap out, assuming I get this. Many thanks !

PS - I also opwn Kermit, which someof you may know !

Cheers RH .
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2020, 06:44:27 PM »

Hi Rob

The VX Coupe interior is Rocking Horse Poo rare so do not bank on that. Check the VX unit for nasty noise carefully they are expensive. Otherwise the normal rust inspection. There is a buyers guide on this forum that is worth reading.


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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2020, 08:48:44 PM »

For an HPE VX you need the front seats out of an early carb turbo Delta as they used the same colour trim. You are very unlikely to find any TBH, coupé VX seats are more common but don't come up often and are a different colour.

That HPE had been discussed at some length on here and Facebook, difficult to say if it's a good or bad buy just from photos but I guess it probably needs a nut and bolt rebuild. I think it depends on the individual and what you are prepared to do. With some negotiation I imagine it's probably as cheap as you'll find a running VX for these days.
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2020, 09:23:02 PM »


I think this thread is for the same car, may be worth contacting the original poster. Also note the Facebook reference.


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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2020, 08:48:24 PM »

Hi everyone,

i guess this is actually the right place to introduce myself - I bought A252TKX and it now resides in my dads garage in coventry... I know some of you from my montecarlo days and am really chuffed to be a Lancia owner again!

like alot of people I had been watching the car for a long time and actually thought it was sold... the facebook discussion actually brought it back to my attention so I booked a train up to preston.

I just love HPE's and the VX is such and interesting car I thought that its now or never...

The VX will be a father & son weekend project and the hope is to keep the car running and roadworthy whilst we sort all the 'classic issues' !

previous description of car is pretty accurate. interior very good - engine seems sweet - not driven much yet but intend to soon. it has an alloy replacement fuel tank but otherwise basically original and standard.

the underneath seems good and the previous owner did a decent job of getting it driving well.

loving the advice and guides you have shared here and intend to do necessary checks on blower condition etc but so far all seems sound.

need to resolve stuck down passenger window and reluctant wipers next - some parts already delivered from betashop - what a godsend.... new middle box going on at the weekend.

other jobs on the list are non original fog light removal, sunroof removal and overhaul (sags at rr left corner when closed.) wheel clean up and paint (any advice?) then start on the bodywork...

its nice to have this as a no pressure weekend project and looking forward to meeting some familiar faces again in the future.

best regards,


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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2020, 09:55:46 PM »

Congratulations on your new acquisition James,
It's nice to know another HPE is receiving some TLC. 

Good luck & keep us posted on your progress.
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