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The Lancia Appia was introduced in 1953 as a replacement for the Ardea and was in production for 10 years. The Appia was the last in a long line of Lancia production cars to use the famous sliding pillar front suspension dating back to the Lancia Lambda (introduced in 1922) . All three series produced had a V4 engine of 1089 cc.
In addition to the saloons, a number of special bodied Appias were produced, including a Coupe by Pininfarina, a convertible and Coupe Lusso by Vignale and an aluminium-bodied GT by Zagato.
The Appia was renowned for its high quality and simple engineering refinement, which helped it to gain a deserved reputation for reliability and longevity. Often overlooked by classic car enthusiasts (and the press) in favour of its more prestigious stable mates the Aurelia and Flaminia, those who own and run these cars know that they are equally deserving of recognition and preservation.
Three series of Appia were built:
1st series: produced between 1953 and 1956. Only sedan (Berlina) body style built, similar style to the Aurelia.
2nd series: produced between 1956 and 1959. Longer wheelbase, different boot and higher engine power.
A sportier 2-door version was also available.
3rd series: produced between 1959 and 1963. New front end with new horizontal grille and lower bonnet line and more engine power.
This early first series GTE is thought to be the 46th example. Originally imported into the USA by the renowned Max Hoffman, the car spent all its early life Stateside, its windscreen showing a 1973 Philadelphia tax sticker. The car is believed to have been in storage for the best part of 40 years and was imported into the UK from Italy in 2014. Although in need of restoration, the original aluminium panel work shows only minor evidence of corrosion.
These cars are great fun to drive with a free-revving 1.1 litre engine. We would love to recommission/restore this car and see it out on a track - the Targa Florio perhaps?