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FCA Heritage Lancia Aprilia restoration

Just to let you know I’m still here! Things have been quiet on the Lancia front over the last few months so I thought I’d steal this from the FCA Heritage site, they have actually restored a Lancia Aprilia!

https://www.fcaheritage.com/en-uk/the-heritage/classic-stories/restauro-lancia-aprilia

The model appears to be an early 1st series the same as 1070, with the same front suspension & Lockheed brakes.

Having a close look at the photographs the workmanship on the body looks excellent, there is not much in the way of interior detail, only photos during the restoration.

Of course it’s always fun to find parts that are not original to that model. The tipo 439 stamped on the radiator plate and the rocker cover stay bracket indicate it’s clearly is from a 2nd series platform chassis.

The steering wheel is 2nd series and the differential looks like an early version but has the later pinion shaft housing, odd?

As mentioned the car was entered in the 2017 Mille Miglia. It’s listed as a 1350cc 1939 model, which looking at the body it clearly isn’t. They did finish, way down the order in 365th position, the leading Aprilia of Rossi & Bertocchi finished 52nd. Having a close look at MM photo below and spotting the red tape around the driver’s side doors they obviously have the traditional “Aprilia door opening at an inconvenient time” problem, still at bit of tweaking to be done!

Noel

(It has also been pointed out the engine featured on the dyno in the restoration photos is a 2nd series!)

LANCIA AND DE VIRGILIO At the Centre

I’ve just finished reading this wonderful book and would highly recommend it to any Lancia owner. In Australia the best source is booktopia.com.au for around $108.00, and worth every cent.

So there are now two books every Lancia owner MUST have on their bookshelf, the other of course is the Lambda masterpiece “CAPOLAVORO” by Bill Jamieson.

Lancia and DV

In Lancia and De Virgilio , author Geoffrey Goldberg examines De Virgilio’s life and career from multiple perspectives. Drawing on a wealth of original documents, technical drawings, and photographs from the De Virgilio family archives, Goldberg reveals De Virgilio’s essential role in projects that defined Lancia during its greatest years in the 1940s and 1950s. These include the development of the first production V6 engine, the launch and refinement of the Aurelia, and management of the company’s short-lived racing program, which produced the classic D50 Formula One cars later fielded by Ferrari.

In addition to engineering and competition, De Virgilio was directly involved in the changes in ownership that reshaped Lancia’s management and standing in the Italian automotive industry. In 1955, the Lancia family sold its controlling interest in the company, leading to its eventual acquisition by Fiat in 1969. Through all of these upheavals, De Virgilio continued to experiment and innovate, working on everything from diesel truck engines to early versions of the unbeatable Lancia Stratos rally car of the 1970s. Whatever the assignment, De Virgilio’s persistent drive for excellence remained a constant element at Lancia until his retirement in 1975.

Despite his technical achievements and popularity within the company, De Virgilio’s contributions have been largely overlooked until now. Produced with support from the Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Lancia and De Virgiliois the product of more than six years of meticulous research. The book is illustrated with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs of De Virgilio at work, at the track, and at home with his family, as well as scores of drawings, blueprints, and other exhibits. But along with this abundance of detail, it also captures the vibrant spirit of Italian family life, culture, and society during the country’s post-war renaissance.

Lancia and De Virgilio is a unique account of automotive and social history, told from the inside.