Engine: 1.1L V4
Transmission: Four-speed manual
This 1958 Appia Coupé by Pininfarina is located in Budapest, Hungary and offers correct resprayed paint along with its original bodywork, mechanical components, and trim pieces.
The interior has been reupholstered in original-supplier-sourced materials, and together with the fresh and correct two-tone black and creme scheme, this Appia is one of the sharpest of the few that you’re (un)likely to see on the road. Motion comes via the front wheels connected to the Appia’s compact staggered cylinder design 1,089cc V4 engine, and while the 50-odd horsepower it produces isn’t as exotic as the numbers that can come out of an Italian twelve, speed isn’t exactly the point of this stylishly small coupé, and the Lancia driving experience is always a unique one, regardless of purpose.
Body – All panels are original on this Lancia, and fitment appears tight and even throughout given their age. The doors are flush with the wings when closed, and fitment of the hood and trunk lid is also as it should be. No corrosion is noted on the car, or under it for that matter.
Paint – The paint on this Appia is not original, but the two-tone colors are consistent with the way the car came from the factory and matched to the original specification. The paint presents today free from bubbling, cracking, and fading. Under close inspection, "orange peel"is noticeable, due to the respray techniques of 20 years ago. There is a small chip (noted in the photos).
Trim, & Glass – The various pieces that make up the Pininfarina-bodied Appia’s trim package are very difficult to source in 2018, and given the jewel-like qualities of brightwork design inside and out, finding an intact kit is a large determinant of how much time you’ll spend enjoying the car versus looking for pieces for it on the internet day in and day out. All pieces here show patina but look remarkably clean, intact, and well-fitting given their age. All trim is original. Glass is original, including the wraparound rear window, and is free of chips and hazing. The rubber gaskets and seals between the glass and trim are also original, and as such are cracking in a few places, but not to a degree that necessitates replacement should the next owner want to keep the original rubber.
Wheels – The wheels are original units with color-matched steel fitted with chrome hubcaps and trim rings. Since they are original pieces, there are a few dents and imperfections in the trim rings from decades of tire changes over the car’s life. Tires are recently replaced, but are a period-correct Michelin design and sized appropriately for the car.
Steering Wheel – The original steering wheel is present and functioning, including the novel horn button that hammocks below the chic twin-spoke design of the thin gloss black wheel.
Dashboard & Instrumentation – The dashboard and instruments are original to the car as well, and the trio of Veglia gauges are all functioning as they should. At one point in the car’s life, someone drilled some small holes in the dashboard to mount something like a rally timer, and they appear in the photos below to the right of the gauge cluster.
Seats, Trim, & Carpet – The materials inside this Appia are not original, but they were all sourced from Lancia’s supplier, so they are the correct ones. The reupholstery work was completed by a family-run shop in northern Italy. The carpets have a few marks consistent with their age. The headliner is original, and shows a few stains and tears in the places you’d expect to find them, but it still fits tightly to the roofline and certainly doesn’t need replacing.
Engine – The diminutive four-cylinder in the Appia might not be the largest in terms of displacement or power output, but it is a mark of Italian engineering talent that is interesting in ways that huge mills with multiple more cylinders are not. For starters, the V4 is not a simple symmetrical design, and the staggered arrangement of the cylinders keeps things extra-efficient, which only helps the already-lightweight car’s balance. The motor produces enough horsepower to squirt around town and cruise on undulating backroads, but it’s not a motor with chassis-twisting torque. The design came from Vittorio Jano, who became famous for his work in powering early Alfa Romeo and Ferrari competition cars to Gran Prix victory. In other words, the guy who designed this car’s engine knew what he was doing when building this compact twin-cam.
Original Motor: Yes..
Transmission – The four-speed transmission is all original, and has been maintained by a specialist in Italy.
Original Transmission: Yes.
The Drive: The four-speed unit is original and consistent maintenance and care provide a smooth experience between all four forward gears and reverse. There are no grinding issues, no problems with popping out, and the floor-mounted selector finds its place quite easily during the drive.
- Model Type
- Appia Coupe Pinin Farina
- Located in
- Body style
- 4800 km
- Registration papers
- with Hungarian registration
- 3 - Good condition: visible signs of wear and general aging
- Horse Power
- Cubic capacity