1934 LANCIA BELNA CABRIOLET
COACHWORK BY PAUL NEE (PARIS)
Registration No. SSK 552
Chassis No. F341398
Engine No. F88 1758
Red coachwork with tan leather trim.
Engine; V4, single overhead camshaft, 1,196cc, 35bhp at 4,000rpm; Gearbox; four speed, dog engagement; Brakes; four wheel hydraulic drum; Suspension; front, independent with helical springs and friction shock absorbers, rear, leaf springs. Right hand drive.
Vincenzo Lancia was born in 1881, the son of a wealthy soup manuafacturer. In 1898 he was apprenticed to Ceirano and went on to F.I.A.T. as chief inspector when that company took over the Ceirano factory in 1900. In 1906 he formed his own company and his first cars arrived in 1907. He designed all Lancias up to and including the Aprilia in 1937 and it is often said he never made a bad car.
At the 1932 Paris Show, the Augusta appeared and had the smallest engine of any Lancia yet, a V4 of 1,196cc, with the single overhead cam found on all its predecessors since the Lambda. From 1933 until 1937 Augustas were built in France at Bonneuil sur Marne and were known as Belnas.
This elegant and rare two seater cabriolet by the Parisian coachbuilder Paul Nee came to the UK about 5 years ago from France. The car had already been restored with great care and since its arrival over here further work has included attention to the radiator and electrics. In 1992 it won the Pre-1940 Class of the Lancia Motor Club Concours held in Chester. At the time of cataloguing the only item missing was the clock which was out for repair and should be installed again by the time of the sale. The owner also intends to give the car a new MoT by the time of the auction.
Whilst this is a very rare vehicle in the UK, and one of only four Belnas known to the register, having all the mechanical components in common with the Augusta, all parts are readily available if required.