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1936 Lancia Belna / Augusta For Sale

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  • £12,950 As stated
  • 1936
  • Haslemere
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Price £12,950 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Lancia
Model Augusta
Year 1936
Mileage 32,000 miles
Country UK
Region Surrey
Town Haslemere
Telephone 01483 550217
Seller's phone number is protected behind a forwarding service
Status Trade
Date 04-Jul-2020
Ref C1242121

A beautifully Patinated Lancia Belna / Augusta .

Vincenzo Lancia was an ex Fiat test driver and hugely gifted engineer and designer and his early cars showed his skill to the fore, from the Lambda, Dilambda through the Astura down to the smaller Augusta, all featuring his advanced sliding pillar independent front suspension and V4 configured engines and of course monocoque construction.
The Augusta was a high-quality car with superb handling, Tazio Nuvolari was a well known exponent of the model and in England aristocrat Freddie Richmond, Earl of March, racing driver and coachwork designer, even offered a stylish ‘Augusta March Special’ on the Italian chassis.

This delightful and amazingly original Lancia was built in their French factory at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne, and to differentiate from the Italian made cars, these Augusta’s were named Belna by the French Factory.
My Belna was discovered by its previous owner in Chalon Sur Saone, in the west of France. Found in dry storage and in remarkably original condition, virtually untouched and rust free. The Lancia still maintains a fantastic Patina, whilst having undergone recent recommissioning and mechanical works, to ensure its continued use on the road.
Driving very well, the Belna showcases the engineering skill of Lancia’s engineers, with its sliding pillar front suspension, first seen on Lancia’s Lambda and employed to great effect through subsequent models; indeed the famous GP drivers Achille varzi , Luigi Fagioli & Tazio Nuvolari loved the handling of their Augusta’s !
Recent works have included, a set of new brake shoes, a new water-pump from Lancia specialists Omicron and brake master cylinder and flexible hoses and a nice set of Pirelli Cinturato tyres, are currently fitted and include the spare wheel.
The wiring has been refreshed where necessary and generally the car is in fine, useable condition whilst retaining its original patinated paint and interior.
The V4, 1196 cc, 35bhp engine, starts readily and runs very nicely, the four-speed gearbox very smooth, and generally, to drive the car feels far younger than its 1936 production date, it must have felt a world away from its competitors at the time.
In summary , a really original car , untouched interior and ancient paint , but to over restore would ruin the ‘Oily rag’ condition, with originality becoming so much more important these days, now UK registered and carefully re-commissioned , my Belna offers all the style and driving pleasure of the more expensive earlier cars whilst retaining the unreplaceable character of an unrestored car.
With restored cars fetching £28-35,000 , this offers a cheap entry into pre-war Lancia motoring.
Only offered for sale as I have purchased an earlier car.

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