One of the most gifted automobile engineers of all time, Vincenzo Lancia sadly didn’t live long enough to see his final creation enter production. Launched in 1937, two months after his death, the Aprilia set new standards in production car design. Presaging post-war developments, the saloon broke away from the traditional ‘three-box’ layout and incorporated all-independent suspension and hydraulic braking, while the unitary construction bodyshell and narrow-angle V4 engine were features Lancia devotees had enjoyed for many years. Despite having a capacity of only 1,351cc (later increased to 1,485cc), the Aprilia was good for nearly 130km/h (80mph), and it stopped and handled better than anything in its class.
Built on the 7th July 1939, this Aprilia was sold for the first time just 12 days later on the 19th July. The body number is 10323, and the car’s original chassis number was 3811314, but this was officially re-stamped – to 1011152 – in Italy in 1953. Totally restored in 2012, this lovely Lancia Aprilia is one of the best in existence.
Erbaut am 7. Juli 1939, wurde dieser Aprilia schon 12 Tage später am 19. Juli das erste Mal verkauft. Die Karosserienummer ist 10323, und die original Fahrgestellnummer des Autos war 3811314, wurde aber 1953 in Italien offiziell zu 1011152 ummarkiert. In 2012 restauriert, ist dieser schöne Lancia Aprilia einer der besten dieser Zeit.