Lancia Appia S1 Saloon 1952 RHD
When one goes through the specialised literature, everyone seems to agree, not only in the fifties but still today, that the Lancia Appia 1-st series was a small car deserving lots of superlatives.
- Little sister of the Aurelia. Simple but with the same degree of refined engineering.
- High quality despite mass production.
- The Appia body structure was simple but very rigid, which added to the car's outstanding reputation as an indestructible compact car.
- To save weight, the first Appias were fitted with aluminium doors, boot lid, rear wings, bonnet and even bumpers, and in this form the car weighted only 820 Kg.
- The 1100 cc. Appia engine, newly designed by Vittorio Jano, using many aluminium castings, was perhaps the most compact of all Lancia V4 engines.
- Lancia patented sliding pillar front suspension was retained.
- To achieve a more even weight distribution, the spare wheel and battery were placed in the boot.
- The press and the public appreciated the car as a fine blend of comfort and spunk.
It is therefore not surprising that the Lancia Appia model was used in the Mille Miglia for several times.
This particular car was sold new to a Swiss lady, who was driven in it by her chauffeur.
In 2011, a well-respected Swiss Lancia expert bought the car and undertook a very meticulous restoration and then sold it to the current owner.
The car was accepted in the Mille Miglia which it successfully finished in 2021 without a single problem! We look forward to accompany the new owners during their next Mille Miglia adventure. Will you join us?
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