1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034

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Lot 580
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon

Sold for £ 20,000 (US$ 25,360) inc. premium
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon
Registration no. HMV 700
Chassis no. 88-4034
*Automotive design landmark
*Comprehensively restored
*Little used in recent years

Footnotes

  • One of the most gifted automobile engineers of all time, Vincenzo Lancia did not live long enough to see his final creation enter production, although the exacting parameters he set out would shape what many consider to be the true ancestor of the modern motor car. Launched in 1937, two months after his death, the Aprilia set new standards in production car design. Vincenzo Lancia had specified that this new small saloon should weigh less than 900 kilograms, be less than 4 metres in length, seat five adults in comfort, possess independent suspension, be capable of attaining 130km/h (80mph), and consume fuel at a rate of 10 litres per 100 kilometres. Faced with these challenging demands, the design team had little option but to abandon conventional thinking.

    Presaging post-war developments, the Aprilia saloon broke away from the traditional 'three-box' layout and incorporated Vincenzo's specified all-independent suspension and hydraulic braking, while the unitary construction bodyshell and overhead-camshaft narrow-angle V4 engine were advances Lancia devotees had enjoyed for many years. Allowed little space to work with, Lancia's designers concentrated on packaging the drive-train as effectively as possible; the differential, brakes, suspension and wheels being assembled separately for inclusion as a single unit. Rather than being merely a styling device, the Aprilia's streamlined shape had been determined by wind tunnel experimentation, one of the very first instances of the science of aerodynamics being applied to a production car. This meant that despite having only 1,351cc (later 1,485cc) at its disposal the Aprilia was indeed capable of 130km/h, while the advanced running gear ensured that it stopped and handled better than anything in its class. 'Mirror-image' doors and pillar-less construction ensured that for ease of passenger access the Aprilia was unrivalled. The all round quality of these cars, is well illustrated by the fact that the worlds great racing drivers of the period such as Nuvolari , used them as there everyday transport.

    Its late owner acquired this Aprilia after a lengthy search for a suitable candidate. The intention had been to use it as the donor car for another Aprilia undergoing restoration, but it turned out to be too good to be sacrificed and was restored instead. Carried out by Spencer Longland, the restoration was comprehensive, with all welding carried out on a rotating jig prior to a bare metal re-spray. The Aprilia has been little used since the owner's death in November 2003. Finished in green with red leather interior, the car is offered with sundry restoration invoices, a V5 registration document and a spare front suspension unit, believed to have overhauled by specialists Omicron.

Saleroom notices

  • The spare front suspension unit for this car will be forwarded to the buyer post sale, at the vendors expense.
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1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
1938 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 88-4034
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