Lot 5

2020   |   Passion of a Lifetime

1924 Lancia Lambda 3rd Series Torpédo

SOLD £391,000


£320,000 - £400,000





Car Highlights

A Landmark Lancia; Among the Most Technically Advanced Cars of Its Era
Highly Sought-After 3rd Series Torpédo with Rare Early Production Features
Delivered New to Uruguay with Single Family Ownership for over 60 Years
Formerly Owned by Noted Lancia Enthusiasts Anthony MacLean and
Lukas Hüni; Displayed in the Briggs Cunningham Automotive Museum
Exceptional Restoration by Acclaimed Vintage Car Specialist Arthur Archer

Technical Specs

2,119 CC SOHC V-4 Engine
Single Zenith Carburetor
49 HP at 3,250 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
Front Independent Sliding-Pillar Suspension
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

♢ Please note that this lot is Swiss registered and has Swiss registration. This lot has entered the UK on a temporary import bond, which must be cancelled either by exporting the lot outside the UK.

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In 1922, Vincenzo Lancia unveiled the Lambda, a revolutionary new automobile that would come to be regarded as his masterpiece. Individually, the car’s clever monocoque chassis, independent sliding-pillar front suspension, and narrow-angle V-4 engine are all notable production-car firsts, but it was the wholeness of the Lambda’s design – the fact that it was engineered as a complete and uncompromising machine from start to finish – that gave the Lancia its singular character. This combination also made it an extremely satisfying car to drive – a generation ahead of its rivals in terms of handling, roadholding, and braking.

In December 1924, this Lambda, a desirable 3rd Series Torpédo, was sold new to its first owner, Umberto Fasciolo of Montevideo, Uruguay. It remained Sig. Fasciolo’s property until his death in 1975. After ownership passed to his son, the Lambda was imported to the US, where it was displayed for several years in the Briggs Cunningham Automotive Museum in California. Subsequent owners include noted Lancia collectors Anthony MacLean and Lukas Hüni. While in his hands, Mr. Hüni commissioned the esteemed vintage car specialist Arthur Archer to perform a complete restoration executed to the highest standards, while taking great pains to preserve original details and finishes wherever possible, including the wonderfully patinated original upholstery. The results speak for themselves: today, this Lambda is widely regarded to be one of the very best examples of its breed and a delight to drive.

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