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1938 MG / Lancia Aprilia Supercharged Monoposto

Lot 64 (Chateau Impney, 10th July 2016)

Estimate
£30,000 - £35,000
 

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- Featured in John Bateman's book 'The Enthusiasts' Guide to Vintage Specials' and VSCC eligible

- Supercharged 1352cc SOHC V4 engine, 4-speed manual gearbox, all-independent suspension

- Fitted with the pilot's seat from the De Havilland Comet that made the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean

Responsible for more than its fair share of automotive innovation, Lancia can also boast an enviable Grand Prix- and Rally-winning pedigree especially after renowned engineer (and father of the Alfa Romeo P2/P3 and Lancia D50/D24 etc) Vittorio Jano joined the company in 1937. Entering production that same year, the Aprilia boasted all-round independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic brakes and an innovative, narrow angle 1352cc SOHC V4 engine that developed some 47bhp in standard tune. Possessed of excellent handling / roadholding capabilities, the model scored class wins on the Monte Carlo Rally, Spa 24-hours and Mille Miglia. Featured in John Bateman's book 'The Enthusiasts' Guide to Vintage Specials' and accepted for Vintage Sports Car Club events, this nicely built Special allies Lancia Aprilia running gear to a modified MG PA chassis. Drawing fuel via a SU carburettor with twin float bowls, the Shorrock supercharger that force feeds its V4 SOHC engine adds an extra 20bhp or so but is drowned out by the straight through exhaust system! The monoposto's bare aluminium coachwork reputedly plays host to the actual pilot's seat from the De Havilland Comet that made the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Centrally-mounted the gear lever controls a Lancia four-speed 'box with reverse. Alfin 10-inch drums are hydraulically actuated and provide effective retardation, while the Special's Lancia 16-inch pressed steel wheels are shod with Blockley 6.50 x 16 tyres front and rear. The steering is a Lancia derived worm and sector set-up controlled via a leather-rimmed wheel. The Special utilises all-round independent suspension and comes with 'a purpose-built trailer, large quantity of spares plus a comprehensive archive'. To further quote the vendor: 'This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a unique and exciting race car that not only will create great paddock interest but also has the potential to be a race winner in its class'.

 

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