1990 Lancia Y10 Appia


  • Two previous owners
  • Never welded
  • Remarkable backstory and stacks of history
  • One of only six Series 2 Y10s known in the UK and the only LHD model


Launched in 1985, the Autobianchi Y10 was the Italian firm’s replacement for the popular A112, which had been in production for 17 years.

Regarded in its native Italy as a posher and sportier offshoot of Fiat, Autobianchi was little known in other markets, where the Y10 (or Ypsilon) was marketed as a Lancia instead, trading off the marque’s reputation for unusual and interesting cars.
And interesting was certainly a byword for the Y10. Sold with a distinctive matt black tailgate, the little Lancia was better trimmed than most of its rivals and seen as a fashionable, premium supermini in its day, albeit one that sold in limited numbers in the UK, where Lancia was a niche brand to start with.

This one has a fascinating story. It was bought new in 1990 by a British couple in Suffolk, who had a holiday home and family in Marignane, just outside Marseilles in the South of France. The (then new) car was imported after their summer holiday in 1990 and until 2007 was used just once a year to drive from Sudbury to Marignane, simply so that they had a left-hand-drive car for the holiday. It was serviced by their local garage before each trip, with 25 years of consecutive service invoices.

It was garaged otherwise and remained so after the owners passed away, to be discovered in 2012 by a prominent member of the Lancia Motor Club, who recommissioned it himself and used it for a 3,700km touring holiday – after all, it’s what the Lancia was used to.

The current owner acquired the car last year in a probate sale as he wanted something quirky and unusual to take to the Festival of the Unexceptional – the annual celebration of the ordinary and obscure.

But with something equally oddball lined up for this year’s event and nowhere to store the Lancia indoors, he’s decided to let the Y10 go. It’s a reluctant sale as he’s slightly in love with the car and its story, but ideally it needs to be kept and cherished.


  • UK V5C
  • Nearly new MOT valid until June 2025
  • Original bill of sale from Mirabeau Automobiles in Marignane
  • Import papers from 1990 
  • Original receipt from the hovercraft crossing in 1990 when it returned to the UK
  • 25 years of service invoices from the local garage in Sudbury that maintained it
  • All old MOT certificates
  • Repair invoices from the car’s recommissioning in 2013/14
  • Never, ever welded
  • Original Lancia handbook
  • Service book stamped by garage that maintained the car until space in the book ran out
  • 125,554km (about 78,600 miles)
  • Blaupunkt radio handbook
  • Original Y10 sales brochures
  • Show stickers and plaques from Lancia Motor Club events
  • Historic photos from early in the car’s life
  • Full and comprehensive history documenting a fascinating 34-year life
  • Rare French dealer “Appia” special edition, only sold in 1990
  • Festival of the Unexceptional mirror hanger
  • Y10 factory service and repair manual 
  • Selection of spares and service parts in the boot



  • Metallic Black with pinstripes and ‘Appia’ logos
  • Amazingly solid and never welded – never had a corrosion advisory on the MOT
  • Original Mirabeau Automobiles rear windscreen sticker
  • Very solid and tidy overall condition but the body is showing its age in places, with minor rust bubbles on one wheelarch, the bottom of the nearside front wing, one door bottom and the front scuttle. Sills and underside are superb
  • Matt black tailgate has some blooming in paint
  • All badges and exterior trim in good condition
  • Previous owner has applied touch-up paint in places – it doesn’t match very well!
  • Underside is remarkably solid with no signs of any structural corrosion
  • Body is very straight overall with only a couple of very minor trolley dings
  • Lovely interior with beige and tan houndstooth upholstery
  • Original Blaupunkt San Remo stereo concealed behind fold-down flap
  • Rubber flooring in great order
  • Very good headlining and door cards



  • 999cc FIRE engine
  • 45bhp
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Starts on the button and runs sweetly
  • Recent new central exhaust
  • Coolant leak (top hose) advised on last MOT has since been repaired 
  • According to the vendor the Lancia is huge fun to drive and gets loads of attention, much of it from people who haven’t a clue what it is


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Auction Details
  • Year 1990
  • Make Lancia
  • Model Y10
  • Colour Black
  • Mileage 126,554 Kilometres
  • Engine size 999
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Chatteris
  • County Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
13 Bids from 6 bidders
  • JHMacle•••• £1,200 25/06/24
  • TomBar•••• £1,150 25/06/24
  • JHMacle•••• £1,100 25/06/24
  • TomBar•••• £1,000 25/06/24
  • JHMacle•••• £900 23/06/24
  • andrea-•••• £800 23/06/24
  • JHMacle•••• £700 22/06/24
  • jeff-ma•••• £600 22/06/24
  • chris.p•••• £500 18/06/24
  • daniel-•••• £400 18/06/24

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