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1948 Lancia Aprilia

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  • Remarkably original and well preserved for a car of this age
  • Improved Series II example featuring a 1486 cc V4 engine
  • Aerodynamic wind tunnel aided design supervised by Battista Farina
  • "ASI Gold plate" certified

The Appeal

The genius of any classic Lancia is how exquisitely engineered they are. Regardless of whether they were destined to be a racing car or family saloon, Lancia showcased the cutting edge of automotive innovation in every car, challenging conventions with the panache only the Italians seem able to muster. 

Featuring a V4 engine, pillarless doors and a wind tunnel aided aerodynamic exterior styling, the Aprilia was just about the most interesting four-door saloon you could buy in that period. Here we have a delightful and very original example that exhibits a rich patina. 

With ASI Gold certification, this Lancia is potentially eligible for a number of prestigious events and competitions. It’s beautifully preserved and you’ll seldom find an example in such fine unrestored condition.

The History and Paperwork

  • ASI Gold certification - complete with its plate
  • FIVA passport present
  • Remarkably original and unrestored
  • We’re informed that the car has lived in Tuscany for most of its life, in the ownership of a professor in Siena
  • Period logbooks present
  • Documentation by Automobile Club d’Italia about all the previous owners of the car
  • Invoice present for a mechanical overhaul in 2019
  • We’re informed that the next statutory inspection is due in 2024
  • 56,092 kilometres indicated on the five-figure odometer although we’re unable to confirm if this is correct

The Interior

  • Said to be the original upholstery
  • Original boot matting and tool kit
  • Richly patinated, yet still eminently usable

The Aprilia’s interior is accessed via pillarless doors, hinging in opposing directions allowing excellent access to the cabin. 

The beige upholstery is apparently original to the car and is in excellent condition for its age. The vendor points out that the velours are a little worn and moth-eaten in places, but when we consider that it is 75 years old, we really can’t complain! There are no big holes, any excessive wear or any obvious signs of staining. The door cards present beautifully too, with some gentle patina to the door furniture. The headlining remains correctly affixed, and is again in fantastic condition for its age.

Our favourite feature is the instrument cluster, with an incredibly stylish ivory fascia featuring square dials and the most wonderful fuel gauge. The remainder of the dashboard is simple painted steel, exhibiting a charming patina with no later adaptations made for additional instruments. The controls look to be very original too, with some gentle age appropriate wear.

Rubber matting lines the floors and boots and presents well. The vendor points out that the inside of the boot is entirely original, still featuring a spare wheel and its original tool kit.

The Exterior 

  • The vendor informs us that much of the grey paintwork is original, with a few areas having been blown in to preserve the car in the past
  • Very straight bodywork
  • Beautiful, aerodynamic styling

The vendor reports that much of the grey paintwork is original, with a few areas having been repaired over the years in order to preserve it. Few cars of this vintage can make this claim and we adore the gentle wear that has been accrued throughout its life.

The bodywork appears very sound, with no signs of corrosion or notable damage. The vendor assures us that the car is very sound, both topside and underneath, with no serious corrosion. Overall this car is in immensely good order. The wheels look in really good order and the Michelin tyres are said to be new. All the chrome looks wonderful, with just some light dulling commensurate with the remainder of the car’s exterior condition.

The styling is fabulous. Elegant and not in any way showy, the Aprilia was designed with the aid of wind tunnel testing, making for a slipper, wind-cheating silhouette that looks magnificent from every angle.

The Mechanics 

  • 1486 cc V4 engine
  • Manual gearbox
  • New water pump, fuel pump and battery
  • 12 Volt electrical system

As this is a Series II Aprilia, it features a larger version of Lancia’s innovative V4 petrol engine with 1486 cc. It was subject to a comprehensive mechanical service and overhaul in 2019 which entailed a fluid change, brake cylinder refresh, changing various rubber components as well as a number of gaskets. It presents really well under the bonnet with nothing appearing out of place or leaking excessively. We’re told that it has also recently received a new battery, water pump and fuel pump.

The vendor comments that the Lancia runs and drives well, selecting gears smoothly and braking as it should.


This is a fabulous and clearly cherished example of the fascinating Lancia Aprilia. With potential eligibility for a number of prestigious events, this looks a particularly attractive proposition. 

In fine mechanical order and ready to drive, be sure not to miss this fabulous car.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1948
  • Make Lancia
  • Model Aprilia
  • Colour Grey
  • Odometer 56,092 Miles
  • Engine size 1486
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Colle Val d'Elsa
  • Location International
  • Country Italy

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