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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

1938 Lancia Aprilla Mk I Lusso - Antique Car For Sale


Lot 114 Registration Number: NSJ 550 Chassis Number: 38L/8768 The Lancia Aprilia was one of the first cars designed using a wind tunnel in collaboration with Battista Farina and Politecnico di Torino, achieving a record low drag coefficient of 0.47. Production commenced in February 1937, the month in which the firm‘s founder died: this was the last of Vincenzo Lancia‘s designs, featuring four pillarless doors and a 1352 cc V4 motor providing 47 bhp. The first series, as offered here, was built from 1937 to 1939 with 10,354 examples rolling off the production line. Built in 1938, this very advanced pre-war sporting saloon was driven up to Scotland from Southampton in the 1980s, where it became everyday transport for its new owner, a retired nurse. It then passed in to the hands of a motor engineer and some 10 years ago was bought by a prominent Scottish lawyer, who stored the car. The Lancia was then bought from a Hereford auction by a retired engineer, who totally stripped the car down to the last nut and bolt. The complete body was given the ultimate rust treatment which involved 3 tank dips, one to remove the paint, one to kill the rust and one electrophoretic coat which is the same process undertaken on a modern car. The engine, gearbox, suspension and brakes were also rebuilt and the body was repainted and rebuilt with a new interior. A comprehensive history file is supplied with the car and this little Lancia offers very attractive pre war motoring. Estimate: £16000 - £20000


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