Lancia Dilambda?

Posted on 13 December 2012

Well no actually...... two separate Lambdas that arrived recently at Thornley Kelham

After a recent visit to see Lancia aficionado Gerald Batt, two Lancia Lambdas (as if by magic) appeared at our workshops with two very gleeful looking business directors. True to form Simon and Wayne had been wooed again by that great Italian marque.

Wayne has kindly been loaned a 1924 4th Series by Gerald that was shortened in 1932 by Julian Jane (car pictured bottom right). Interestingly this Lambda was also owned by motoring journalist Bill Boddy. Wayne has personally ‘re-commissioned’ the car which had not been on the road for some considerable time.

Simon went one step further, scratched a long-term itch and actually bought a gorgeous 7th Series Tourer (pictured top right). Aside from the fitment of a Tipo 79 engine from a later 8th Series many moons ago this is an excellent original example that has participated on many rallying events and has covered many thousands of miles.

Whilst Robert and Wayne have been keen protagonists of vintage cars for more years than they care to mention, it has taken Simon 25 years of classic cars collecting before buying his first vintage car. After some tuition from Robert in the use of a crash gearbox, Simon has now driven a vintage car a good distance and understands fully why cars from that era are described. He is now recommending anyone pondering whether or not to get involved to have a go!

After a brief check over both cars were driven successfully to a Lancia Lambda lunch organised by Nick Benwell, and held at the well-known Phoenix Arms at Hartley Wintney; the original and spiritual home of the Vintage Sports Car Club.

After a brilliant drive down to the event in Hampshire the return trip to Gloucestershire was not quite so successful. Whilst Wayne’s 4th Series sailed back, Simon’s car suffered from incontinence issues as a result of a blown head gasket – a not uncommon occurrence with Lambdas.

Despite Simon’s problem (with the car) both cars are back in the workshop, so expect to see them out regularly next year on numerous events – with two very gleeful looking ‘middle-aged’ children behind the wheel! 

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