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Coupe
Coachwork: Zagato
Chassis Num: 812012391
 
The Lancia Appia arrived in 1953 and had many styling elements from its big brother, the Aurelia B10. It had an ultra-compact engine positioned at a narrow-angle of just 10-degrees. The V4 unit displaced 1089cc and the inclined overhead-valves were set in hemispherical combustion chambers and operated by twin camshafts in the block. The Appia had unitary-construction with a sliding-pillar independent front suspension. The notchback-style Series II cars rode on a longer wheelbase and given a slightly more powerful engine, now rated at 43 bhp. The Series III cars had 48 bhp.

A limited run of special edition Appia models were produced on a separate chassis and bodied by leading carrozzeria. The coupes were created by Pininfarina, Vignale the cabriolet and Zagato the GT coupé. Those more sporty Appia models were fitted with a 53 bhp engine. The lightweight Zagato models with their aerodynamic coachwork could achieve 100 mph.

This example is a left-hand drive Appia GTE Coupe with coachwork by Zagato. It was delivered new in Guatemala where it was owned by one Ira Dever Lewis Clark, an American citizen. The second owner took possession of the car in 2003. In 2006, it came into the ownership of only its third owner. In 2008, the car was offered for sale at the 'Quail Lodge, A Sale of Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia' presented by Bonhams Auction. It was estimated to sell for $70,000 - 90,000 but would leave the auction unsold.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2008
Coupe
Coachwork: Zagato
Chassis Num: 812 01 3277
 
Sold for $104,500 at 2008 Gooding & Company.
This 1960 Lancia Appia GTE Series 3 Zagato Coupe is one of approximately 350 built. It is powered by a narrow-angle V-4 engine capable of producing 60 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drum brakes. The Zagato bodied cars were lightweight coupe GTs and proved to be very capable machines in competition, including the Mille Miglia.

The Series 3 cars had covered headlights and a smooth roof. This car has been the subject of a recent restoration. It is finished in red paint with a tan and dark-brown vinyl interior.

In 2008, this Series 3 Appia GTE was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California. It was estimated to sell for $125,000 - $175,000. The lot was sold for $104,500, including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009
Sedan
Chassis Num: 808.0754175
 
This 1960 Lancia Appia Berlina sedan with 'suicide doors' is finished in Celeste Ardenza (Sky Blue) with a red leather interior. It rides on a sliding pillar suspension and has thermostatically controlled radiator louvers. Power is from a 10-degree V-4 engine which displaces 1090cc and develops 48 horsepower. There is a column mounted 4-speed manual transmission with synchromesh on 2nd through 4th gear.

There were roughly 150 examples of the 1960 Series 3 Berlina's imported to the United States. The sticker price when new was $2,890. Lancia produced the 3rd Series Appia from 1959 through 1963.
Coupe
Coachwork: Zagato
 
The Appia is one of the most important Lancia models of the 1950s. First introduced in 1953, over 100,000 were produced during the next decade. Zagato proposed this sports car to Lancia in 1957. Over the next seven years, approximately 580 Appia Zagatos were built in four series. Available as a two-seater from 1957 to 1959, the Appia convertible was also built as a 2+2, from 1959 to 1962.

Appias are powered by Lancia's narrow angle V4 engine and feature a sliding pillar front suspension and unit body construction. The aerodynamic body, combined with the light weight (1,785 pounds), allowed this 60 horsepower car to reach speeds of 100 MPH. It was very competitive in small bore racing events, including the Mille Miglia.

This Series 3 car was restored in 2006. It is number 73 of the 136 covered headlight cars built.
One of the most important Lancia models was the Lancia Appia. Available as a two-seater from 1957 to 1959, the Appia convertible was also available as a 2+2 with a welded hard-top from 1959 until 1962. Many people referred to the 2+2 Convertible as the Lusso due to the fact the Coupe and 2+2 shared many similarities, were built in the same period and needed a distinction.

During the 1950's, while Lancia was creating their most beautiful automobiles ever, these cars were also notable for being much more advanced than their competition due to their unitary bodywork structure. Mechanically less complex than other Lancia models, the Lancia Appia Series I and II was produced from 1953 until 1959 and inspired many prototypes by designers such as Zagota, Vignale and Pinin Farina.

The Lancia Appia was designed as the replacement for the Ardea and was introduced to the marked in 1953. Designed by Gianni Lancia, the 1091 cc Appia V-4 featured a four door pillarless design.In 1964, the Appia was the smallest automobile in the Lanci range, at near the end of the decade the Appia was available with both 1216cc and 1298cc engines.

Sharing some of the components of the Appia, the Lancia Fulvia was created to replace the Appia. While the Appia was a rear wheel drive vehicle, the Fulvia was updated to front wheel drive. The Appia was a smaller version of the Aurelia, which was the first Lancia to compete officially in Motorsports. The Aurelia was also the first car in the world to ever mount a 60 degree V, 6-cylinder engine with differential, gearbox and clutch all mounted in a single unit on the rear axle.

During this decade, the Lancia brand became very heavily involved in motor-sports under Gianni Lancia's influence. Models were constructed from production to be used in competitions, with exceptional results.

Financial difficulties forced Gianni to sell his company to Fiat several years later in 1969. All motorsport activities were halted, and financial situation had reached such dire straits that the majority of Gianni's holdings were sold to Pesenti, a financial group.

A style that was unique for its innovativeness and creativity, the custom-built bodies designed for the Dilambda, Lambda, Astura and Aprilia introduced Italian Automobile style to the world. Today Lancia continues to adhere to the precise attention to detail that was instilled by its founder.

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