Lancia’s standard production for the Aprilia model was limited to 4 door sedan type only plus some rolling chassis dedicated to external coach builders (Stabilimenti Farina, Carrozzeria Touring, etc.) , consequently sports and racing cars were built by private Companies and racecar builders like Zagato, Conrero, Morelli, Motto, Pagani, Paganelli, and many others.
The Lancia supplied rolling chassis were frameless due to their boxed sheet metal structure, resulting flexible so the 274 cm (110 inches) wheelbase made the behavior even worse and the excessive length affected handling.
So, many builders used the common and inexpensive FIAT 1100 classic rail frames for installing Lancia engines as well as Alfa Romeo 6C engines and even Bugatti engines. That frame had structure to perform decently even though still some flexible and too high from the ground.
But, healthier gentlemen could afford costly tubular frames among which the most celebrated supplier was GILCO by Gilberto Colombo (chosen by Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Zagato and Ghia plus for FIAT 750, 1100 and 2000 8V).
OSA (Officina Specializzata Auto) by Agostino Accadia was a engines modifier and racecars builder in Naples, also known pilot in the ‘50s and early ‘60s.
This “Sport” Mille Miglia type racecar is a awesome reconstruction of Agostino’s , according to the precious contribute of his son Ernesto, I’ve the honor to be a friend of.
Ernesto Accadia, in the ‘70s moved from Naples to north of Lombardy in Busto Arsizio, town located 20 miles north of Milan were has been a well appreciated Weber and Solex carburetors technician.
Characteristics and data:
- GILCO type tubular frame, 235 cm (92.5 in) wheelbase (40 cm shorter than the sedan! )
- Correct Lancia front axle complete with inner coil springs and shocks, steering linkages, steering box, double cylinders drum brakes
- Correct Lancia rear axle complete with differential, leaf springs, hydraulic shocks, drum brakes
- Correct Lancia Aprilia 1500 close V4 engine, feeded by a custom built billet aluminum intake manifold matched to a 32 mm double barrel Solex carburetor (projected and finely tuned by Ernesto Accadia)
- Special 4 into 1 headers matched to a low restriction muffler, lh side exit
- Correct Lancia clutch and manual 4spd transmission
- Custom made drive shaft with u-joints in place of the rubber “donuts”
- Custom made aluminum fuel tank with “Monza type” fuel inlet and cap, electric pump
- Hand crafted 1.2 mm aluminum body, aluminum inner fenders, firewall and trunk, 4 mm aluminum floors, aluminum sport seats frame with beige vinyl (nobody really used leather for racing …)
- Chrome 16” wire wheels with spinners, 185R16 sport tires
- Nardi type wood and aluminum steering wheel
- Owen curved Lexan windshield and side screens
- Totally restored gauges, state of the art new electric harnesses
- Every single component, even not in this list, has been totally overhauled, brought to like new conditions
This beauty’s located 3 miles from MXP Milan Malpensa Intl. Airport, Italy: I'm glad to personally welcome potential buyers at the airport, taking for a test drive. Requests for more specific information and photos are welcome.
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