1936 Lancia Augusta

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1936
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    47
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis n ° 34.3662
Engine no. 15323

- Unique bodywork
- In very good condition
- The only Augusta bodied by Langenthal
- No reserve

An intelligently designed car, the Lancia Augusta was also available as a bare chassis for the coachbuilders to dress it in their own style. This is the case of the car that we are offering, which would have originally been converted into a cabriolet by Pininfarina, as can be seen by the shape of the rear part, the interior and the dashboard. During the WW2, this car was partially re-bodied by Langenthal in Switzerland, who modified the front part by adopting a more fluid grille design and more in line with aerodynamic trends of the time. The Swiss coachbuilder had made some superb convertibles on the base of the Aprilia, but the car on sale is probably unique. The result is a nice little four-seater cabriolet, extremely distinctive in appearance. The car reappeared between 1958 and 1962 in the region of Bern, before joining the collection of Pierre Legrand, an important and dynamic Swiss collector. The body was restored at the beginning of 2010 before being bought by a French enthusiast, a member of Club AC France and a great art connoisseur. He entrusted the car to the workshops Rétro-Méca, in Peyrolles-en-Provence where the upholstery has been redone, the bodywork upgraded and the mechanicals fully checked, with the invoice totaling some € 15,000. The car has a tailor made cover and an original user manual. The leather tool kit has been redone and the car is superb in just about every detail.
It has since then been noticed as much for its superb condition as for its unique body style, winning the 1st prize "Elegance and Endurance" at "Malte à Montlhéry", in March 2016. It was the subject of an article in the magazine "Epoc'Auto" in September 2016. On display at Rétromobile on the stand of the Lancia Club of France in 2016, this beautiful and unique Augusta is a unique opportunity to drive a very elegant automobile.