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1928 Lancia Lambda 7th Series

For Sale

  • Thirty-seven year ownership

  • £55,000 refurbishment

  • Full engine rebuild


  • Eligible

With four-wheel brakes, independent front suspension and V4 overhead camshaft engine, many enthusiasts view the Lancia Lambda as one of the great automobiles of all time. The Lambda was also successful in competition with privately entered cars finishing fourth and fifth behind the works OMs in the first Mille Miglia of 1927.


The Lambda was continually developed through nine distinct series. Our 7th series example has been fitted with the popular Lambda upgrade of a more powerful 8th series Tipo 79 engine. A 7th series Lambda Torpedo with 8th series engine is generally considered by enthusiasts to be the optimum Lambda configuration.


The original continuation buff logbook on file confirms chassis 17632 was registered YX 3125 on the 18th July 1928, a number the car retains to this day.


The earliest known keeper is a James Varley of the Castle Café, Raglan, Wales who, according to the continuation logbook owned the car in 1947. By 1966 the Lambda was in the possession of George Philip of Lacock, Wiltshire until acquired in 1968 by Rowland Weeks of Trowbridge.


David Bell of Cookham Dean near Maidenhead briefly owned the car until it became part of the Batt family’s extensive Lancia collection in Surrey. The Batts went on to own this Lambda for a remarkable thirty-seven years. In 1981 Gerald Batt and Australian Lambda guru and author Bill Jamieson drove this very Lambda to La Monta, the Lancia family home in Fobello, northern Italy. Several photographs of the trip are included in the history file.


The current owner purchased the car from the Batt family in November 2012 and immediately embarked on a major five-year renovation program carried out between 2013 and 2017 by marque specialists Thornley Kelham.


Works included a complete engine rebuild with white metalling to the block, bores, conrods and camshaft. The crankshaft was crack tested, polished and balanced along with the flywheel, conrods and pistons. The front and rear axles and brakes were rebuilt and the rear axle received a replacement crown wheel and pinion. The shock absorbers and headlamps were stripped, media blasted and refinished. The clutch was rebuilt, brake drums re-surfaced and fuel tank repaired. A rear luggage rack was also fabricated and fitted. The electric system was refurbished and a new wiper motor installed along with a screen mounted lamp/mirror. The invoices for the renovation totalled over £55,000.


This very desirable Lambda comes with a sizable history file containing many detailed invoices along with MOT certificates dating back to 1977.


Today this 7th Series Lancia Lambda Torpedo is eligible for many of the world’s most prestigious events and following its extensive (and expensive) renovation is in exceptionally good condition and ready for its next adventure.


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