One of the most gifted automobile engineers of all time, Vincenzo Lancia did not live long enough to see his final creation enter production, although the exacting parameters he set out would shape what many consider to be the true ancestor of the modern motor car. Launched in 1937, two months after his death, the Aprilia set new standards in production car design.
Produced between 1937 and 1949 the Lancia Aprilia was years ahead of its time. The first series was produced between 1937 and 1939 featuring a 1352cc engine with the second series being produced between 1939 and 1949 with an increased engine size of 1486cc.
This stunning Lancia Aprilia was built by Swiss coachbuilder Langenthal and is a rare find indeed. The Langenthal Company was founded in 1888 and still exists, but has moved with the times. In 1931 the company began building its legendary cabriolets, which met the highest quality standards of that time. After WW II Lancia built 701 chassis of this type, which were supplied to various coach builders, Pininfarina being the best known.
Chassis 539-1096 landed at the Langenthal Company, who transformed it into this majestic cabriolet. To the vendor’s knowledge, only three cabriolets of this type were assembled on this production line. As should be expected, this car was first supplied in Switzerland and remained there until recently. In 2013, the car found a new home in the Netherlands.
Finished in light blue with a matching blue leather interior and dark blue hood with contrasting cream wheels and chrome hub caps; the body and paint are described as being in excellent condition and the engine, chassis, interior and transmission are reported to be in good order.
This car is a very much a sought after post-war classic. This charming 2 door, 4 seat Lancia offers practicality aswell as gorgeous styling and an ideal opportunity to experience the fun and astonishing quality of post war Lancia motoring.