1939 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 389385

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Lot 335
1939 Lancia Aprilia Saloon
Registration no. HPU 262 Chassis no. 389385

Sold for £ 16,875 (US$ 22,403) inc. premium
1939 Lancia Aprilia Saloon
Registration no. HPU 262
Chassis no. 389385
Odometer reading: not known
MoT expiry date: exempt

*Landmark of automotive design
*Resident in Northern Ireland since the 1950s
*Present ownership for some 30 years
*Restored 25 years ago
*Good history file

Launched in 1937, two months after Vincenzo Lancia's death, the Aprilia set new standards in production car design. Presaging post-war developments, the saloon broke away from the traditional 'three-box' layout and incorporated 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. Rather than being merely a styling device, the Aprilia's streamlined shape had been determined by wind tunnel experimentation. This meant that despite having only 1,351cc (later 1,485cc) at its disposal, the Aprilia was good for nearly 80mph and 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.
We are advised by the vendor that this Aprilia was brought to Northern Ireland in the 1950s by a 'Linen Baron' together with a large quantity of spares (still available). The vendor restored the car around 25 years ago, including an interior re-trim in top quality leather. Since its acquisition some 30 years ago the Lancia has always been stored in a heated garage. The vendor advises us that the engine, transmission, steering, and brakes are in excellent condition, and describes the paintwork as a little tired, though rust free.

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  • Vendor Score Total: 84/100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    Body Work: 5
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
    Glass: 4
    Paint: 3
    Wheels/Tyres: 4

    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 5
    Headlining: 5
    Seats: 5
    Trim: 5

    ENGINE TOTAL: 16/20
    Mechanical components: 4
    Running: 4
    Starting: 4
    Under Bonnet: 4

    Axles: 4
    Brakes: 4
    Gearbox/Clutch: 4
    Suspension: 4

    Ancillary components: 4
    Main components: 4

    Car History File: 4/5

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1939 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 389385
1939 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 389385
1939 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 389385
1939 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 389385
1939 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 389385
1939 Lancia Aprilia Saloon  Chassis no. 389385
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