1928 Lancia Lambda 8th-Series Grande Luxe Saloon  Chassis no. 19228 Engine no. 9191

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Lot 654
1928 Lancia Lambda 8th-Series Grande Luxe Saloon
Chassis no. 19228 Engine no. 9191

Sold for £ 12,075 (US$ 14,563) inc. premium
1928 Lancia Lambda 8th-Series Grande Luxe Saloon
Chassis no. 19228
Engine no. 9191

Footnotes

  • Unitary body/chassis, independent front suspension and an overhead-camshaft V4 engine, the revolutionary Lambda had all these in 1921. Lancia’s in-house coachwork - designed by Battista Falchetto - consisted of a low-slung Torpedo with a pair of symmetrical doors on either side, to which a full-size hardtop could be attached, thus transforming it into a saloon. However, its unitary construction made it all but impossible for independent coachbuilders to offer bespoke creations on the Lambda ‘chassis’. Indeed, one has only to look at an early Lambda bereft of its external body panels to understand the difficulty of achieving anything significantly different from the original, given the foregoing constraints. By the time the 7th Series arrived for 1927, Lancia had had a partial change of heart and offered an alternative separate chassis, thus enabling independent coachbuilders to meet the demand for bespoke creations. Separate it might have been, but the new Lambda chassis was far from conventional, utilising a pair of large fabricated box-section side members, instead of the traditional side rails, in a form of ‘semi-monocoque’ construction. For the 8th and 9th Series Lambdas this was the only type of chassis produced, the sole fixed styling element being the bonnet. Paralleling these later series’ chassis developments were increases in engine capacity (originally 2,120cc): to 2,370cc for the 7th Series and 2,570cc for the 8th and 9th.
    Right-hand drive, like all Lancias into the 1950s, this 8th-Series Lambda saloon has the shorter of the two chassis offered. The vendor advises us that the coachwork is of the Weymann type, possibly supplied via Curtis Automobile Coachbuilders Ltd of London W1, the original importers for Lancia. Purchased by the vendor’s family in 1934, the car was partially dismantled in 1946 for restoration but the project was never commenced. Recently imported into the UK from South Africa, it is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. A quantity of spare parts is included and we are advised that import duty will be paid by the vendor after sale.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the wheelbase length on this Lancia is 11 foot 3 inches.
1928 Lancia Lambda 8th-Series Grande Luxe Saloon  Chassis no. 19228 Engine no. 9191
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