1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text)
Lot 92
1928 Lancia Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer
Coachwork by Oxford Carriage Company Registration no. DS 8080 Chassis no. 9343 (see text)
Sold for £ 55,200 (US$ 70,888) inc. premium

Lot Details
1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text) 1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text) 1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text) 1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text) 1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text) 1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text) 1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text) 1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text) 1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text) 1928  Lancia  Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer  Chassis no. 9343 (see text)
1928 Lancia Lambda 8th Series 2½-Litre Tourer
Coachwork by Oxford Carriage Company

Registration no. DS 8080
Chassis no. 9343 (see text)

* Present family ownership since the mid-1950s
* Restored in the 1980s
* Winner of the Lancia Motor Club's Hugo Boyd Trophy for restoration
* Engine rebuilt by Peter Gerrish in the 1990s
* Mille Miglia participant in 1993

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 'V'-configuration power plants.

    Apart from a solitary six-cylinder model, the relatively unsuccessful Dialfa of 1908/1909, all early Lancias had four-cylinder engines and were only supplied in chassis form, there being no in-house coachworks at this time. Lancia's very first offering, the 18/24hp Alfa, embodied the principles that its maker had come to consider essential: low weight, a high-revving engine, shaft drive, a pressed steel front axle and worm-and-screw steering. New models were introduced on almost a yearly basis – all named after letters of the Greek alphabet – and production increased sufficiently for Lancia to move to larger premises in via Monginevro, Turin in 1911.

    Lancia's first V-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. Production of the Lambda lasted from 1923 to 1931 in nine series. Although not designed with competition in mind, the Lambda in modified form proved extremely capable in that role, one finishing 4th overall at the inaugural Mille Miglia of 1927, a class-winning achievement repeated the following year. By the time production ceased in 1931, a total of some 13,000 Lambdas of all types had been made.

    Imported in 1928 and originally registered as 'XV 6108', this particular Lambda was purchased by the vendors' father-in-law, the late Ronald Amey, in the mid-1950s from a garage in Gloucestershire (see letter on file). As purchased, the Lancia had been 'cut and shut', the wheelbase having been shortened in the process of transforming it into a 'Shelsley Walsh Special'. The car was restored in the 1980s, the chassis being returned to the correct length and a new ash-framed aluminium-panelled body (copied from a contemporary Torpedo design) built by the Oxford Carriage Company (C R Culley and Roger Wing). The engine was rebuilt by renowned marque specialist, Peter Gerrish, in the 1990s. Photographs of the restoration are on file. It should be noted that the original chassis number had been lost during repairs; the number quoted above ('9343') being the engine number. Following the rebuild, Ron Amey won the Lancia Motor Club's Hugo Boyd Trophy for the restoration of this car and that of the Lambda faux cabriolet in this sale (Lot 36).

    In 1993, 'DS 8080' took part in the Mille Miglia, and the Lambda has participated in various other tours and Lancia Motor Club rallies. The car has not been driven since approximately 2000 and will require re-commissioning before returning to the road. Accompanying paperwork consists of a quantity of an old-style logbook, sundry restoration invoices, and a V5 registration document. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a fine example of one of the most outstanding automotive designs of all time.

Saleroom notices

  • We are thankful to Lanica Lambda experts John Millham and Bill Jamieson for confirming the chassis number as 19255.
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