Lancia S3 Appia Sedan
Opportunity shines on the lucky person who finds this Appia & takes it home.
Old cars are wonderful things, and with the market bloom of late many people are preserving their equity with ownership of a vintage automobile.
A problem surfaces when the new investor who may not have grown up being a car guy discovers old cars are not always fun to drive.
Here we have an unbelieveably presentable example of one of the great old machines that gets even better when in motion.
Lancia traditionally has made cars to a standard that proves the Engineers were the in charge and the Accountants were out chasing girls on Capri.
They must have lost money on every one. The build quality is amazing.
And not every car must be large.
The Appia was Lancias smaller Sorella to the admired Aurelia.
Built just as well, but able to navigate narrow streets in the hill towns of Italy.
I have owned several Appias & have howled with pleasure at the fun of driving them.
Listen to the way the doors shut, the feel of the ignition switch.
Fire up the jewel of a motor and discover it will return a good 28 mpg while driving about.
I can't say enough good things about Appias, and would personally buy this one for myself if I didn't have way too many cars already.
Currently in the refined collectin of a refined Lancia enthusiast, this is a rare chance to aquire a special jewel of a motor car.
It is the nicest example I can recall, & I specialize in Appias.
I have three Appia engines & two transmission rebuilds going on in the shop as I write this, and I see lots of them on a regular basis. this one still sets the standards for preservation.
You might consider owning it............
The doors have no central pillar, and the frame is amazingly rigid.
The well preserved original leather interior is a pleasure.
Is that the special two barrel weber lurking under the correct air filter instead of the original single Solex ? Perhaps with the rare four port head ?
Did this shiny llittle Appia actually drive across America recently & run reliably ?
The Series 3 Appia has more shoulder room than the earlier examples, and was the last of the Appia line.
Improved double leading shoe front brakes and a duplex master cylinder.
An enjoyable leather interior as opposed the the more fragile cloth predecessor.
An Appia is a great choice for an affordible classic that is easy to park & drive, gets great mileage, can go out to dinner with friends in the back,
and make you want to return to the garage in the evening just to admire it.
And of course, it instantly found a new home.
Nice to look at the photos though !