Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo,1958 Lancia Appia Coupé Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692

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Lot 5
1958 Lancia Appia Coupé
Coachwork by Pinin Farina Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692

Sold for € 57,500 (US$ 65,331) inc. premium
Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo
1958 Lancia Appia Coupé
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 812.01-2020
Engine no. 814.00-1692
*One of only 973 cars built by Pinin Farina
*Early 2nd series example
*Swiss delivery and only 3 owners from new
*Excellent condition


Styled like its Aurelia B10 big brother, Lancia's new small car, the Appia, arrived in 1953. The Lancia tradition of innovation in automotive technology was exemplified by the Appia's ultra-compact engine: a narrow-angle (10 degrees), 1,089cc V4 whose inclined overhead-valves were set in hemispherical combustion chambers and operated by twin, block-mounted camshafts. The unitary chassis construction adopted on the pre-war Aprilia was, naturally enough, continued, as was Lancia's traditional sliding-pillar independent front suspension. 'Notchback'-styled Series II cars came with a lengthened wheelbase and more power (up from 38 to 43bhp) while the final (3rd) series boasted further styling revisions and 48bhp.

Complementing the standard Appia saloon was a series of limited edition models produced on a separate chassis (code number '812.01') and bodied by leading carrozzeria, Pinin Farina being responsible for the 2+2 coupé, Vignale the cabriolet and Zagato the GT coupé. Engine power was increased to 53bhp for these more sporting Appias which, when equipped with lightweight coachwork, could touch 160km/h. Lancia had rejected Pinin Farina's first proposal but gave its blessing to the second attempt, which was unveiled at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show. Production was later taken up by Carrozzeria Viotti, whose cars were identical to Pinin Farina's apart from some relatively minor differences. Pinin Farina had built 973 cars and Viotti 785 by the time production ceased in 1963.

This particular Appia was sold new in Switzerland and maintained thereafter extremely well. When it was sold many years later, only partial restoration was found to be necessary so the car has retained a wonderful patina. For example: the roof is believed to still have its original paint. The engine has been thoroughly serviced and is said to perform excellently. It is finished in dark blue with a contrasting white roof, which is complemented by a white interior in both the cabin and boot area. A measure of this car's quality may be gained from the fact that it won the Pininfarina award at the Concours d'Élégance at Paleis Het Loo in the Netherlands. Currently in the hands of only its third owner, this superb Appia coupé is offered with Netherlands registration papers.
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Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo,1958 Lancia Appia Coupé Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692
Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo,1958 Lancia Appia Coupé Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692
Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo,1958 Lancia Appia Coupé Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692
Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo,1958 Lancia Appia Coupé Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692
Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo,1958 Lancia Appia Coupé Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692
Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo,1958 Lancia Appia Coupé Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692
Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo,1958 Lancia Appia Coupé Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692
Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo,1958 Lancia Appia Coupé Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692
Pininfarina award winner at Concours d'Élégance Paleis het Loo,1958 Lancia Appia Coupé Chassis no. 812.01-2020 Engine no. 814.00-1692
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