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1935 Lancia Augusta Factory Cabriolet SOLD

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  • Sold
  • 1935
  • Lynton
Not for sale - it has been sold via a Car and Classic Free Ad
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Lancia
Model Augusta Factory Cabriolet
Year 1935
Country UK
Region Devon
Town Lynton
Status Private
Ref C423176
A very rare and interesting car. Sophisticated engineering and nimble handling (for its age), this car has been lovingly restored over period of 3 years (see photos). Would be great for classic rallies in the summer.

I bought this car in 1994 in the state you see in the last picture. It was a wreck. It had been dismantled many years earlier and stored carefully by the previous owner who intended to restore it but never had the time. I did nothing with it (except store it in my attic and move it with me to Jersey) for 5 years and was on the point of selling it when I came across a retired panel beater who was looking for something to do. That started a 3 year restoration on the day of my second child's birth for which my wife has still not forgiven me. The car was a just about rolling chassis with 30 or 40 boxes of bits. We set about the chassis first, cleaning it off and painting it thoroughly with chassis black. We then started repairing the body tub. This needed a completely new boot lid which was a mammoth task as the curves are complex and it also has to be strong enough to support a spare wheel. We then fitted the body tub, repaired wings and running boards. The sills were completely gone so new ones were fabricated out of Ash. Then we fitted doors and had a major headache reassembling the hood mechanism. We realised it had been bent and broken in parts and took a lot of trial and error to get right. Next was the engine and running gear. We decided not to strip these down as they seemed fine and did not want to disturb things if all was well. We fitted a new master cylinder borrowed from as Series 1 Land Rover. The car was then painted. We then fitted any other bits and pieces that we had. At that point, I was very busy with three children and feeling very poor so we prepared the car and any remaining parts for storage and mothballed the project. That was in 2002 and little has been done since. What is required to get this car on the road is a new hood, finalise the interior (either repair or remake) and fit the headlights and radiator grille. It was really very close to complete when we finished work on it. I drove it around at home and at a show I took it to in 2002.

I have decided to sell the car as I no longer have the appetite for restorations having already completed many. I now only buy and run cars that are in extremely good condition and it is a shame to see such a lovely car as this cast aside when it could be with an owner that would enjoy finishing and using it.

Contact me for details of the website with all the restoration photos on it.
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