Lot 23

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1932 Lancia Dilambda Torpedo Sport

Coachwork by Viotti

SOLD $715,000


$450,000 - $550,000



Car Highlights

Elegant Yet Sporting One-Of Viotti Coachwork
Sophisticated and Rare Lancia Dilambda Chassis
Spectacular Restoration to Show Standards
CCCA Full Classic Status

Technical Specs

3,960 CC Narrow-Angle V-8 Engine
Single Zenith Updraft Carburetor
100 BHP at 4,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Cable-Operated Mechanical Drum Brakes
Independent Sliding-Pillar Front Suspension with Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that the convertible top will require some finishing prior to use, including installation of a rear window.

Register to Bid

First Owner, Milan, Italy (acquired new in 1932)Owner, Switzerland (acquired from the above circa 1940)Dr. Richard J. Buckingham, Seattle, Washington (acquired from Switzerland 1985)Noel Thompson, Jersey City, New Jersey (acquired from the above in 1993)Judge Jospeh Cassini, West Orange, New Jeresy (acquired in 1999)Marvin Tamarof, Detroit, Michigan (acquired in January 2005)Lane Motor Museum, Nashville, Tennessee (acquired in 2007)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2010)

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, California, August 1994(Second in Class, Class I, European Classic, Open; Road & Track Trophy)Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, California, August 2011(Third in Class, Class J-2 European Classic – 1932–1937)“Sculpture in Motion: Masterpieces in Italian Design,” The PetersenAutomotive Museum, Los Angeles, California, 2012–2013San Marino Concours, 2014 (Third in Class, Meguiar’s Award for Best Exterior Finish)

Founded by successful racer Vincenzo Lancia in November 1906, the company bearing his name quickly forged a reputation for sophistication and excellent performance. The V-4 Lambda, launched for 1923, is an excellent case in point as one of the most successful luxury automobiles of the interwar years. The Dilambda debuted at the 1929 Paris Salon as a re-engineered development with its 100 hp, four-liter V-8 derived from the Trikappa of 1922. The Dilambda resulted in many patents, mostly concerning the frame, valve train, and central chassis lubrication. Production spanned five years with 1,685 produced. Predictably, the Dilambda was cloaked in a wide variety of luxurious custom-crafted bodies by the era’s finest artisans.

Believed by Lancia historians to be the sole example built, this 1932 Lancia Dilambda Torpedo Sport is a wonderful example of a technically advanced European grand touring car of the 1930s. According to a marque expert, this Dilambda chassis was purchased by a Milanese industrialist and sent to Viotti for its lithe bodywork. Remaining in Northern Italy until approximately 1940, the Dilambda was sold on to Switzerland, remaining there until it was discovered during 1982, bearing minor modifications, in a Geneva garage. The noted marque enthusiast Richard J. Buckingham acquired it in 1985 and moved it to Seattle by the early 1990s. In 1993, the Dilambda was sold to New Jersey’s Noel Thompson, the longstanding CCCA member, who commissioned a concours-level restoration overseen by Mr. Buckingham and the American Lancia Club.

The Dilambda passed though the ownership of several noted collectors until 2010, when the consignor acquired it and further restorative work was performed, elevating the Dilambda to its wonderful present state. It was displayed at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it received a third-place award in Class J-2 European Classic – 1932 through 1937. Next, the Dilambda formed part of the 2012–2013 “Sculpture in Motion: Masterpieces in Italian Design” exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

A stirring object lesson in the art and practice of sporting elegance, the Dilambda’s taut bodylines exhibit graceful proportions and deliver a wonderful visual experience. The rear cowl’s opening mechanisms are equally fascinating in their own right. Striking from every possible vantage point, this singular Viotti-bodied 1932 Lancia Dilambda Torpedo Sport will surely continue to captivate onlookers with its undeniable presence, elegant simplicity, and sophisticated engineering. An immensely desirable piece of European automotive history, Lancia’s Dilambda is rightly recognized as a CCCA Full Classic. As such, this example will provide its fortunate new caretaker with a multitude of opportunities to display and enjoy it.