1924 Lancia Lambda 4th-Series Torpedo Tourer  Chassis no. 12978 Engine no. 2859

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1924 Lancia Lambda 4th-Series Torpedo Tourer
Registration no. VF 2182 Chassis no. 12978 Engine no. 2859

£ 40,000 - 50,000
US$ 52,000 - 64,000
1924 Lancia Lambda 4th-Series Torpedo Tourer
Registration no. VF 2182
Chassis no. 12978
Engine no. 2859

Footnotes

  • One of the most gifted automobile engineers of all time, Vincenzo Lancia founded his own company in 1906, having previously been in FIAT's employ as chief test driver. Introduced in 1907, the first Lancia car showed an independence of thought and defiance of convention that would remain associated with the marque well into the modern era. Military vehicles, lorries, vans and aero engines followed, the latter enabling Lancia to accrue valuable expertise in the design and construction of vee-configuration engines. Lancia's first vee-engined model - the V8 Trikappa sports car - appeared in 1922 but it was the Lambda, launched soon after, that would prove to be of even greater significance. A milestone in automotive history, the revolutionary Lambda was the world's first car to have a stress-bearing body and the first to be powered by a V4 engine. The absence of a separate chassis meant the driver could sit lower, enabling a low aerodynamic body line to be achieved, while Lancia's patented sliding-pillar independent front suspension endowed the Lambda with ride and handling qualities unmatched by anything in its class. The engine, an overhead-camshaft unit of 2,120cc, was progressively enlarged, arriving at its final 2,570cc, 68bhp configuration in 1928.
    Right-hand drive like all Lancias into the 1950s, this 4th-Series Lambda comes with a large and fascinating illustrated history file and diary dating back to pre-war days. In the early 1930s the Lancia was registered to a Mr Davies, who sold it to one Tommy Cooper before the chassis was shortened in 1936 by its new owner, Julian Jane. Mr Jane campaigned the Lambda in numerous sprints and driving tests and competed in the 'Ace of Club' meetings after the war.
    Subsequently, Bob Welch from Chipping Camden acquired the car, which was then sold to Anthony Talbot Cooper from Upton-on-Severn. In 1958 the next owner, Peter Grimes, purchased the Lambda, which remained in his hands until 1994. A fully documented restoration was carried out during this period by Ollerton Engineering Services of Preston and since then there have been four further keepers.
    Described by the vendor as 'on the button' and running very well, 'VF 2182' comes with Lambda Manual, parts list, original engine blueprints, old-style buff logbook, VSCC registration certificate, Current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.
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1924 Lancia Lambda 4th-Series Torpedo Tourer  Chassis no. 12978 Engine no. 2859
1924 Lancia Lambda 4th-Series Torpedo Tourer  Chassis no. 12978 Engine no. 2859
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