"The Lancia Aprilia was the final car developed by Vincenzo Lancia and entered production on the month of his death. The design was highly advanced with production running from 1937 through to 1950. Innovative features included a steel monocoque construction, four pillarless doors, a narrow V4 overhead cam engine, four-wheel independent suspension and powerful hydraulic drum brakes. The model was successful in competition in period and continues to be a regular winner in the pre-war class in tough endurance events. The Aprilia is a wonderful balance of engineering excellence, pedigree and practicality.
This 1938 Lancia Aprilia Lusso has had seven former keepers in its long history and was used as daily transport for a retired nurse in Edinburgh through the 1980’s. It was then laid up until it was bought at auction in 2008 as a running restoration project. The engineer who purchased the car set about rebuilding the mechanical components while the bodywork was repaired and treated to SRL rust prevention before repainting and re-assembling. At the time, the red interior was refreshed with new leather and a grey roof lining. The vehicle was then wisely converted to a 12 volt electrical system during restoration but could early be reverted back should the new owner wish to compete in VSCC events. In early 2010, the servicing and mechanical was carried out by marque specialist, Omicron Engineering. Purchased by the current owner in 2015, the car has been well looked after with new carpets, a new cigarette lighter and new tyres changed in 2015. Further works in 2015 have included interior trimming, new door stops, rubbers and weather seals for doors, windows and boot. The car attended some local events such as the RAC Consistency trial in 2015 and 2016 and various Lancia pub meet ups. With prices of its big brother, the Aurelia, now into six figures, the Aprilia represents remarkable value for such an effective, practical and technically important motor car."