1938 Lancia Aprilia Monoposto


The Lancia on offer is an example of a vintage special, having been built by Richard Thompson in the early 1980’s from the mechanical parts of a Lancia Aprilia. These have then been assembled onto a 1934 MG PA boxed chassis. The chassis had to undergone some surgery to allow the transplant to work. It has been cut, inverted, reversed and plated to produce a very un-Abingdon-like structure that matches up with the Lancia independent suspension systems. The overhead camshaft 1350cc Lancia engine has been restored, tuned and runs on a Shorrocks supercharger with a modest six psi boost, about 70bhp is produced. The running gear which is all Lancia, incorporates the original four speed gearbox and the MG cart springs have been replaced by Lancia independent suspension at all four corners. At the front end, this is by the well-known coil springs and dampers, whilst at the rear, a transverse semi-epileptic spring is coupled to torsion bars with short trailing arms.

The disc wheels use new 5.50×16 Blockley tyres at the front and rear. As well as having a blower, the engine also incorporates a couple more ingenious items; as it runs without a cooling fan, or dynamo for that matter, a bigger radiator from an Austin 12/4 has been bought in together with a larger pre-war water pump. The plate-type oil cleaner has also been replaced by a full-flow air-cooled unit.

As one of just few Lancia Monoposto’s of this kind in existence it is very rare to see it come to the open market and the opportunity to acquire such a historic racing car is very limited indeed.

We are proud to offer this example with a highly regarded provenance and with a potential to be a very competitive Historic VSCC racing car. Offered with a spares package including many valuable parts and four-wheel bespoke trailer.

This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a very historic and capable racer with spares package and trailer.  

ESTIMATE £35,000- £45,000

Auction Spring Classics 2018
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lot details

Lot Number 128
Registration Number N/A
Chassis Number 38CC15
Year 1938
Make Lancia
Model Aprilia Monoposto

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