1975 Lancia Beta vs. 1962 Peugeot 403

To start off, 1975 Lancia Beta is newer by 13 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1962 Peugeot 403. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1962 Peugeot 403 would be higher. At 1,995 cc (4 cylinders), 1975 Lancia Beta is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1975 Lancia Beta (115 HP @ 5500 RPM) has 60 more horse power than 1962 Peugeot 403. (55 HP @ 4800 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta should accelerate faster than 1962 Peugeot 403. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1962 Peugeot 403 weights approximately 170 kg more than 1975 Lancia Beta.

Because 1962 Peugeot 403 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1962 Peugeot 403. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1975 Lancia Beta, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control.

Compare all specifications:

1975 Lancia Beta 1962 Peugeot 403
Make Lancia Peugeot
Model Beta 403
Year Released 1975 1962
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1995 cc 1468 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 115 HP 55 HP
Engine RPM 5500 RPM 4800 RPM
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Doors 3 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1060 kg 1230 kg
Vehicle Length 4290 mm 4620 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1690 mm
Vehicle Height 1330 mm 1480 mm
Wheelbase Size 2550 mm 2910 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 51 L 50 L


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