1947 Lancia Aprilia

Cabriolet by Pinin Farina
$162,400
Sale Price
$180,000 - $220,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
22 May 2021
Sold Date
169
Lot Number
#3-
Visually maintained, largely original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 43911854; Engine no. 24292. White with dark blue cloth top over dark red leather. 1352/48hp V-4, 4-speed, vented wheel covers, Michelin X tires.

Evaluation: Mediocre old repaint. Dull, scratched bright trim. Worn upholstery with crude repairs to some split seams. Ancient undercoat underneath. Scratched windshield. Appears to be sound but has many needs, not the least of them being a restoration. One of ten believed bodied by Pinin Farina with this coachwork.

Bottom Line: Dull, poorly proportioned coachwork that thankfully was inflicted on only ten postwar Aprilias. Then given a superficial “restoration” appropriate to the coachwork. It could be a star but it will take everything to make it into one and at this base investment does not make any sense at all. This result is a breathtaking premium over regular production Aprilias (the last model designed under Vincenzo Lancia’s leadership).

by Rick Carey
9 June 2021
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Condition #1: Concours
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Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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