1961 Lancia Appia Sport Zagato
First introduced in 1953 as the successor to the Ardea, the Lancia Appia was a popular, mass-produced Italian car that had an interesting mix of new and old-fashioned technology. More than 100,000 Appia specimens were built during its roughly ten-year run, including a trio of significantly rarer Zagato versions, one of which recently surfaced for resale at a Dutch dealership.
This 1961 Lancia Appia Sport Zagato is said to be one of only 200 short-wheelbase examples ever produced, making an already rare car all the more remarkable. Riding on a set of Borrani bi-metallic wheels, this 1961 specimen features a polished, bare aluminum body assembly that remains in remarkable condition, especially for a vehicle over 60 years old. Like all versions of the Appia, this Zagato-bodied example is powered by a 1,090cc V4 engine that was good for around 50bhp. This four-cylinder engine was also mated to a synchromesh four-speed gearbox that sent power to the rear wheels via a one-piece, pro-shaft, hypoid-gear differential.
Although still in original condition, a number of parts of this Lancia have been restored. The car’s interior retains its original bucket seats, along with a Nardi three-spoke wood and metal steering wheel, and original Lancia instrumentation. Although it has lain dormant for the past few years, this example is also eligible for a variety of vintage racing events and recently competed in the Targa Florio.
This 1961 Lancia Appia Sport Zagato is currently for sale through Dutch broker Very Superior Old Cars (VSOC). Prices and additional information are available on request.