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Lancia Lambda VIII Garavini

Introduced at the 1922 Paris Salon, the Lancia Lambda was an exceptionally advanced design. Supposedly inspired by contemporary ship-building practice, its highly innovative monocoque (or chassis-less) bodyshell was reinforced via a substantial transmission tunnel and integral seatback bulkheads. While other noteworthy features included independent ‘sliding pillar’ front suspension (complete with hydraulic shock absorbers) and four-wheel drum brakes. Powered by a series of compact V4 SOHC engines allied to manual transmission, even early Lambdas were capable of 70mph. Although not marketed as a sports car, the model’s excellent roadholding saw a modified version finish 4th overall on the inaugural 1927 Mille Miglia (a class-winning performance which was repeated the following year). Evolving through Nine Series, the Lambda remained in production until 1931 by which time some 13,000 had been made – though, survivors are increasingly scarce.

Vehicle Overview

This particular example, an Eighth Series Long Chassis car, is believed to have been supplied new to Argentina from where it was imported to the UK during 1990. Passing into the current ownership not long afterwards, the Lambda was found to be in need of extensive restoration following years of hard usage as a taxi. Determined to preserve its limousine coachwork, the owner enlisted the help of a team of experts who between them brought the Lancia up to concours winning standards. Stripped back to component form, the chassis was thoroughly refurbished with particular attention being paid to its suspension carrying front trapezium. The rebuild of the tipo 79 2.6 litre V4 engine was entrusted to engineer Paul Atkinson of Derby who was also charged with rewiring the car. The exact origins of the coachwork remained a mystery until its door catch plates were sent off to be replated and once devoid of paint revealed the legend `Carrozzeria Garavini Torino’.

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