1929 Lancia Lambda 8th Series Coupe  Chassis no. 19470 Engine no. 9458

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Lot 165
1929 Lancia Lambda 8th Series Coupe
Registration no. XV 9930 Chassis no. 19470 Engine no. 9458

Sold for £ 24,150 (US$ 31,748) inc. premium
1929 Lancia Lambda 8th Series Coupe
Coachwork by Albany Carriage Company, London

Registration no. XV 9930
Chassis no. 19470
Engine no. 9458
In delightfully original condition, this fine example of one of the most outstanding designs in motoring history was presented to George Milligen in the mid-1970s by his old friend Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Gordon, Royal Artillery (retired), who had had given up driving due to his advancing years. Lt-Colonel Gordon had owned the car since the 1930s, and a letter in the files from the Bombay agents, Metro Motors (Automobile and Aero Engineers) suggests that Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon may have taken the Lancia to India with him when on service in Waziristan on the North-West Frontier in 1934.

Gordon had bought the Lancia from its second owner Arthur Arnell, who had covered 20,000 miles with it and recalled, “I once followed Earl Howe’s racing car from Gloucester to London after the hillclimb and we actually covered 100 miles in 1 hr 58 min, slightly over 50 mph average… the car was undoubtedly something special among Lancias.”

George Milligen covered some 4,000 miles in the Lancia, which he referred to as “a fantastic car”, and was still using it as a daily driver for local trips in the early 1990s. He had much work done to it, including an engine overhaul and crack testing of crankshaft and con rods by Arthur Archer in 1978 and a rebore and the fitting of new pistons as recently as 1991 by engine specialists J.C.Quantrell of Norwich.

First registered on 1 January 1929, this handsome Lancia carries beautifully-proportioned Weymann saloon bodywork by the Albany Carriage Company of West London. They specialised in fitting this ingenious flexibly-jointed system of coachwork construction devised by aviation pioneer and accessory king Charles Terres Weymann to such high-quality chassis as Lancia, Bentley, Voisin, Delage and Humber.

Unveiled in 1922, the Lambda broke new ground in car construction, its combination of sliding-pillar independent front suspension and rigid pressed steel integral chassis construction giving outstanding road manners. The single overhead camshaft engine was novel, too, being designed as a narrow-angle staggered V4 of amazingly compact construction, its aluminium castings produced in Lancia’s own foundry. Just 15½ inches long and 9¼ inches wide, with the cast-in iron cylinder liners set at an angle of 13 degrees, the engine was the progenitor of a long line of refined power units.

Production of the Lambda lasted from 1923-1931 in nine series; this car is from the celebrated 8th Series, launched from chassis 18601 in 1928, which no longer incorporated body sides in its chassis construction, making life easier for specialist coachbuilders. This configuration was particularly suitable for the then-fashionable fabric saloon bodywork, which could be built with a roof height of just over 5 ft 6 inches, a remarkably small silhouette for the period. A further bonus was an increase in engine capacity from 2,370cc to 2,579cc, achieved by increasing the bore size; this also raised the power output to 65 bhp, representing a 7 bhp improvement over the 7th Series.
1929 Lancia Lambda 8th Series Coupe  Chassis no. 19470 Engine no. 9458
1929 Lancia Lambda 8th Series Coupe  Chassis no. 19470 Engine no. 9458
1929 Lancia Lambda 8th Series Coupe  Chassis no. 19470 Engine no. 9458
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