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The Lambda is widely considered as the first of Lancia's true ‘landmark’ cars. Reflecting Vicenzo’s core belief in balance, handling and driveability rather than simple power, it bristled with innovation, including the appearance of the sliding pillar front suspension which was to endure until 1958. Lancia apparently got the idea for the pressed steel body construction from the ship building industry. Mainly offered in two chassis lengths, and often bodied by external coachbuilders, the Lambda went through 9 series before being replaced in 1931. It is thought that today fewer than 300 cars survive - less than 10% of original production.
This seventh series car was owned for over 30 years by a well-known Lambda collector and guru, and was driven all over Europe, including the famed run to Fobello in 1996 which was recorded for posterity by the owner’s son.
Little-used in recent years, the car was bought by a Lancia enthusiast who unfortunately drove the car a little too enthusiastically back from a Lambda lunch a few months into ownership. The Lambda’s illustrious cylinder head problems came to the fore and a blown head gasket later, an engine rebuild was decided upon. The opportunity has been taken to attend to extensive wing corrosion, and these have been newly coach painted. Also a rewire including useful electrical upgrades, general fettling and the fitting of a few period extras are planned before the car comes back on the road mid-2014. And a trip to Fobello in 2016 is planned….
Footnote: Bill Jamieson’s book on the Lambda, ‘Capolavoro’ is highly recommended, as is membership of the Lambda Register – contact them on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks also to John Vessey (email@example.com) as a source of expert advice and Lambda parts.