1956 LANCIA APPIA FURGONCINO SERIES 2 VANNETTE
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1956 LANCIA APPIA FURGONCINO SERIES 2 VANNETTE

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1956 LANCIA APPIA FURGONCINO SERIES 2 VANNETTE

Chassis No. C80-1902
Engine No. 12547
Grigio Medio and Grigio Chiaro

Engine: V4, overhead valve, light alloy head, 1,090cc., 36.5bhp at 2,000rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual column change; Suspension: front coil springs, rear rigid axle with semi-elliptic springs; Brakes: four wheel drum. Right hand drive.

Fresh thinking in road car design and success in both racing and rallying are the hallmarks of Lancia who have always been known for their innovative and advanced designs. Lightweight and narrow angle V engines were Lancia characteristics and while the V16 six litre was spectacular, the Lambda marked the company out for greatness.

By the 1950s the company was fully involved with motorsport, with Lancias winning the great Targa Florio, the Carrera Panamericana, the Liege-Rome-Liege and the Mille Miglia! The road cars were really stylish. And in the case of the Appia, which was the mainstay of the company's fortunes, they were sensibly priced. The concept was correct from the start: a well engineered V4 engine initially of 903cc that suited the penal Italian vehicle tax system. With the Series 2 Appia the engine volume increased to 1,090cc and discerning buyers could even choose special bodied versions from the likes of Pinin Farina, Zagato and Vignale.

Among the options were the commercial variants, ranging from little pickups to vans such as this Series 2 Furgoncino. Ideally made for zipping around the narrow Italian streets or crossing unmade country roads, only about 2,900 were built between 1954 and 1959, and almost all were exclusively sold in their home country. This vannette was beautifully restored in Switzerland to a very high standard and is presented in complete and correct condition with two-tone grey paintwork. Virtually new and used sparingly since its ground-up restoration, it would be the perfect advertising or support vehicle for any business. While more modest than some of the mid-fifties racecar transporters, it is absolutely charming and would be welcomed at the period revival meetings.

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