A beautiful 1947 Lancia Aprilia Pininfarina Convertible will be one of the auction superstars at the forthcoming Silverstone Classic Sale, July 21 / 22nd 2018.
Introduced in 1937 this was the final Lancia to receive the Vincenzo Lancia’s input before his death. Sporting a 1300cc V4 engine and the sliding pillar front suspension inherited from earlier models, this incredible looking slice of classic history has been given an estimate of £180,000 – 200,000.
Berline body-shell and pillarless front and rear door apertures give the car that unique appearance many lack on the top shelf of the classic car showcase.
Lancia resumed production of the small car after the war and continued until 1949. Special designs and variations were built by legendary coachbuilders such as Zagato, Carrozzeria Touring, Bertone and Vignale but, it is generally agreed that the most beautiful ever built is the Pinin Farina ‘Speciale Cabriolet’.
- Built on a Type 439 chassis, this supremely elegant Cabriolet is one of ten clothed by Batista Farina
- RHD from new and powered by a narrow-angle V4 of 1486cc, a very advanced design, unique at the time
- It spent most of its life in Switzerland where it was purchased by Jean Pierre Baumgartner, a world authority on Lancias of this period
- Then subject to a five-year restoration (two years on the body alone) by the top Lancia experts in Europe
- The car remains in superb, post-restoration condition and with any inspection being encouraged
- #439-11854 is a significant motor car and probably the finest example of Pinin Farina’s post-war Cabriolets
- Offered to the market for the first time ever. A once in a lifetime opportunity
An outstanding car with an incredible presence rarely witnessed.
Click to enlarge images (courtesy Sliverstone Auction
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