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Lot 130 - 1929 Lancia Lambda 8th Series Torpedo Type 223 evocation carrosserie by Casaro

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ESTIMATE €180,000- €200,000

Auction Techno Classica April 2016
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Lot Number 130
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number 19955
Year 1929
Make Lancia
Model Lambda

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Description

Only a handful of Lambdas were used in competition, starting from the second half of the Twenties. These cars were distinguished in their displacement class (the class “3-litre) in the first edition of the Mille Miglia , which took place on the 26 and 27 March 1927.

Two cars; those of Strazza / Varallo and Fist / Bergia were classified first and second in class and took a magnificent fourth and fifth overall. Delighted with the outcome Vincenzo Lancia himself decided to prepare a more suitable circuit version of the car with his friend Strazza in time for the second edition of the race in 1928. Three units were produced by Carrosserie Casaro for the official 1928 Lancia Team.

The Type 223 Casaro cars were distinguished externally for running boards (and wings) in the highest position from the ground, with a stunning streamline torpedo rear. The three “spider Casaro’s” were the first to be equipped with 2569 cc engines that will power all of the Lambda eighth and ninth series. This time (1928) Lancia got closer to victory, finishing only 6 minutes behind the supercharged Alfa Romeo 6C to take 3rd step on the podium and victory for the 3 litre class.

Sold new to the UK in 1929,  this 8th series car became the property of a north Yorkshire farmer in 1953. After he died circa 1990 the car was stored until purchased by the current vendor in 1999 as an original 8th series short chassis, along with its original engine, gearbox and back axel( photos of the car in the file) with non-original bodywork. Presented today as a masterpiece of engineering, this wonderful and exact Casaro evocation must be seen and driven to be truly appreciated.

During the rework, the car was fitted with a no expense spared new ash frame and aluminium body, made up from original drawings and photographs sourced in UK and Australia. A Completely new front suspension sliding pillars were made as the original castings were cracked and no drillings or chassis modifications were made, making the car an exacting copy of the original.

Mechanically the original engine is offered with the car. However it is now running on a new CNC fabricated aluminium block from Australia -the block being of 3.0 litre dimensions. These blocks are much modified internally to overcome some of the drawbacks which were present in the original 1920’s design and coupled with a new aluminium cylinder head running at 8.3 CR, the car drives very well coupled with a discrete and easily dismountable overdrive. 

Mechanically the original engine is offered with the car. However it is now running on a new CNC fabricated aluminium block from Australia -the block being of 3.0 litre dimensions. These blocks are much modified internally to overcome some of the drawbacks which were present in the original 1920’s design and coupled with a new aluminium cylinder head running at 8.3 CR, the car drives very well coupled with a discrete and easily dismountable overdrive. 

Most recently the vendor has spent £6K on engine and tuning work and the dynamo was completely rewound to original spec. ten months ago.

Offered from one of Europe’s most respected and significant Lancia Connoisseurs this car has to be viewed to be truly appreciated and will offer its new custodian the opportunity to enter a wide variety of events where it is already truly respected and welcome amongst the Lancia cognoscenti.

Angeboten von einem von Europas meist respektierten und bedeutenden Lancia Kennern, muss dieses Auto genau begutachtet, um aufrichtig geschätzt zu werden, und wird seinem neuen Besitzer die Gelegenheit anbieten, in ein großes Angebot an Events teilzunehmen, wo es bereits aufrichtig respektiert wird und unter den Lancia-Experten willkommen geheißen wird.


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