Remember the idiosyncratic Lancia Gamma Berlina that dissolved quicker than the average Alka-Seltzer in the slightest downpour? Well, there’s a near-perfect example being sold at the London Classic Car Auction next week…
Unveiled at the 1976 Geneva Motor Show, the infamous Lancia Gamma Berlina was originally created in partnership with French quirk masters, Citroën but such was the quality of the build, Lancia had to go it alone.
Classically Italian and trimmed to sitting room levels of comfort, this particular Berlina has travelled only 79 miles in its 45-year career… yes, you did read that correctly – a frugal 79 miles!
Lancia Gamma Berlina Gallery
So why the low mileage?
The background automotive anecdote often makes for a good sale and this one’s no different. The car was originally ordered new by a confused Englishman who happened to love Italian cars and as luck would have it was working in Italy back in 1976. A great sale for the slick Turin salesman but collecting the money and finalising the deal became more difficult than expected with the elusive man from Blighty disappearing into thin air. The upshot was the Lancia Gamma Berlina being forgotten about for 38 years.
The current owner purchased the car in 2014 when the car had only 16 miles recorded on its lazy odometer but hadn’t turned a wheel for nearly 40 years. Leaving no stone unturned the vendor decided it was time to investigate the lack of movement and proceeded to invest in excess of 600+ hours of restoration work into the car which the documents and handbook prove.
If you fancy this historical slice of Italian craftsmanship you can see it in more detail here.
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