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1947 | Lancia Aprilia Pininfarina Cabriolet

Lancia Aprilia Special Prototype by Pinin Farina Cabriolet M0511

EUR 275,000
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Description

Transmission: 4 gears, Manual gearbox
Top speed: 126 km/h

LANCIA, PININ FARINA, AND ONE SPECIAL APRILIA

The Aprilia was a pivotal model for Lancia, and the last model completed before Vincenzo Lancia’s death in 1937. Entering production that year, the factory berlina had an advanced unit body, four-wheel independent suspension, and a remarkably compact narrow-angle V-4. With a structural engine bay and cowl, and a unitized sheet steel floor and rear, the platform provided torsional stiffness while allowing enormous design freedom for coachbuilders—including, of course, Pinin Farina.
As noted by the research of Lancia marque historian and former Pininfarina historical consultant Paolo Giusti, chassis 439-11844 was completed by the factory on 27 March 1947. Two weeks later, it was purchased by SVAM—the Lancia dealership in Modena, Italy—for the sum of 556,480 Lire. SVAM then immediately forwarded the bare chassis to Pinin Farina with the special commission to provide it with unique "2+2" cabriolet coachwork.

Giusti notes that the design bears the direct influence of lead Pinin Farina stylist Fedele Bianco, who clearly used this opportunity to improve upon his previous 2+2 cabriolet treatment which claimed top honors at the 1947 Monte Carlo and Cannes concours d’elegance. Aptly termed the “Speciale,” this prototype was clothed in a one-off aluminum body featuring sloping sides, open wheels, swept-back windshield, and a low profile.
The driver and passenger face a dashboard color-matched to the upholstery and set with a striking, unique composition in Bakelite and chrome. Because the spare wheel occupied most part of the trunk, foldable rear seats were necessary to provide adequate space for luggage.
With the lines of the windshield pillar and side window extending into the door cuts, it is as beautiful with the top up as with it down. Pininfarina press images from 1947 are on file, having been generously provided from Giusti’s collection.

TOO SPECIAL FOR PRODUCTION

After a disappointing interaction with Lancia’s governing board in late 1947 (who decided not to put the design into production), this Aprilia Special Cabriolet prototype was subsequently acquired by Roblou, a Lancia importer in Neuilly sur Seine, France, where it remained until 1965. Giusti laments that the car’s manufacturer suggested retail price when originally offered by SVAM was a reported 1,750,000 Lire.
The car was rediscovered in northern France in 2010 by the Belgian dealer Bernard Marreyt, and subsequently submitted to a thorough, three-year restoration in Northern Italy to the striking color scheme presented today, with a slate grey-blue exterior of medium red leather upholstery.
Importantly, an accompanying production certificate from Lancia Storico shows that the car’s present V-4 engine is numbers-matching to that unit listed on its original factory documentation.
This Lancia Aprilia is a highly significant Pinin Farina post-war design, while its advanced engineering makes it as usable and rewarding to drive as it is to admire.

Vehicle details

Vehicle data

Make
Lancia
Model series
Aprilia
Model name
Aprilia Pininfarina Cabriolet
Manufacturer code
Tipo 539
First registration date
Not provided
Year of manufacture
1947
Mileage (read)
138 km
Chassis number
Not provided
Engine number
Not provided
Gearbox number
Not provided
Matching numbers
Not provided
Number of owners
> 6

Technical details

Body style
Convertible
Power (kW/hp)
35/48
Cubic capacity (ccm)
1486
Cylinders
4
Doors
0
Steering
Left (LHD)
Gearbox
Manual
Gears
4
Transmission
Rear
Front brakes
Drum
Rear brakes
Drum
Fuel type
Petrol

Individual configuration

Exterior color
Grey
Manufacturer color name
-
Interior color
Others
Interior material
Others

Optional equipment

oldtimerLicensePlate

Condition, registration & documentation

Has Report
Historical license plate
Registered
Ready to drive

Location

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Metropole Classics

Metropole B.V.

Ettensestraat 19

7061 AA Terborg

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