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Lot 124 - 1934 Lancia Augusta

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ESTIMATE €40,000- €50,000

Auction Techno Classica April 2016
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Lot Number 124
Reg. Number EU Registered
Chassis Number 31-10278
Year 1934
Make Lancia
Model Augusta

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Description

The Lancia Augusta was a small passenger car produced between 1933 and 1936. It was first revealed to the public at the Paris Motor Show on 5th October 1932 and it was powered by a front-mounted 1,196 cc Lancia V4 engine with a 4-speed manual gearbox and drive going to the rear wheels.

For the French market the new car was named ‘Belna’, while in Italy it was rumoured in the press that its name might be ‘Vespa’, but that story soon fizzled as the Italian name for the new Lancia, as announced in April 1933, was ‘Augusta’.

Perhaps more importantly, the Augusta was the first production car with a true unitary construction (or moncoque) body/chassis, as well as being the first Lancia to be produced on an assembly line, alongside tools and equipment specific to that model. Consequently, the Augusta marked a significant advancement in automobile design and production methods.

Already known and respected for its sports cars and large saloons, the new but smaller Augusta represented something of a departure for Lancia, but the model nonetheless contributed to significant growth in Lancia sales during the mid 1930s. In terms of sheer volume however, the Augusta was comprehensively outsold by Fiat’s much more aggressively priced 508 Ballila.

The Lancia Augusta on sale today has formed part of the important pre-war car collection of a noted Italian gentleman since 2006. The car was restored in 2010, and since the restoration it’s been occasionally driven at the weekends to local meetings and events. In very good condition, this Augusta it is presented in Lancia Blue with a wonderful interior trimmed in the famous Lancia cloth. An historically significant model in fine condition and not to be missed.

Dieser Lancia Augusta war Teil der wichtigen Vorkriegsauto-Sammlung eines bekannten italienischen Herrn seit 2006. Das Auto wurde 2010 restauriert, und ist seitdem nur gelegentlich an den Wochenenden zu lokalen Events gefahren worden. In sehr gutem Zustand, präsentiert sich dieser Augusta in einem Lancia Blau mit wundervoller Lancia-Innenverkleidung. Ein historisch bedeutendes Modell, das nicht verpasst werden sollte.


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