Lancia Aprilia 1st Series 1938
The Lancia Aprilia was one of the first production cars designed using wind tunnel technology, this was done in collaboration with Battista Farina and Politecnico di Torino. The result was a very low drag coefficient for that time.
Production of the Aprilia commenced in February 1937, the month in which the firm's founder died. This was to be the last of Vincenzo Lancia's designs, featuring four iconic pillarless doors. The first series featured a 1,352 cc V4 engine providing 47 bhp. The second series had its engine capacity increased to 1,486 cc which provided 48 bhp. A Lusso model of this second series was also offered as well as a lungo version. A total of 20,082 cars and 7,554 additional chassis for coach built bodies were produced in Turin along with about 700 in France.
With the Aprilia, Lancia followed their tradition of offering cars with the steering wheel on the right side, even in markets seen by other manufacturers as left hand drive markets. Outside the UK and Sweden customers increasingly picked the optional left hand drive versions, however.
Special designs include those by Ugo Zagato, a Carrozzeria Touring convertible, the army's Torpedo militare, a Luigi Pagani-tuned barchetta bodied by boatbuilders Riva di Merate on a pre-war chassis and a Bertone convertible, one of Michelotti's first, while at Vignale.
The car shown here was delivered new in Italy and sold to the Czech Republic. In 1986 it was sold to Germany and later it went back to Italy, where it was restored before it went to The Netherlands.
Since then the car successfully participated and finished in the 2016 Mille Miglia.
We can prepare the car for you if you wish to participate in next years Mille Miglia.