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Lancia bits in Padova

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typical well done Padova display – any gasket you want…

A recent visit to the Fiera in Padova extends the Lancia knowledge yet further. There were several things of interest:

  • FCA Heritage had a restored Aprilia at their site – nice!
  • There was a wonderful pair of Flaminias at the Zagato stand
  • Nice to see an Aprilia engine and parts for sale.
  • Was able to discuss Ardea details (s.1-s.4) with members of the Ardea registry, who know their stuff.
  • A new Stratos chassis being remade in Prague.
  • On guy making new 1.6 Fulvia engines, with stock performance on a new block. The work was magnificent.

Lots to see!

promotional model of an Aurelia – sold in the first day, not cheap!

Aprilia motor for sale. That head is very heavy, about 30 lbs.!

Very interesting motor mount for Aprilia, also for Artena and Ardea. Works in two different ways, per the 1932 Lancia patent. Brilliant!

The Appia Registry staged a barn find – only true one in the show!

very pretty Super Sport at the Zagato stand

Stratos chassis from Prague. The saleswoman was quite well informed – a very impressive display overall, with three different chassis and complete specs.

Ardea s.4 block – the latter ones had drop in liners.

One of the many stands – but this one was for Lancia folks. Note the Nardi repro kits, including the one for an Aprilia!

FCA Heritage stand with both a restored and unrestored Aprilia – nice!

Top end of a Fulvia 1.6 engine – built to stock performance levels on a new block. Well done, lovely!

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November 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm

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Vintage cars at Lime Rock, Connecticut

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Santo Spadaro’s racing Fulvia on the right, passed by a racing Maserati.

Labor Day weekend is Vintage Festival at Lime Rock, Connecticut. Its an old track, tucked into the NW corner of Connecticut, just few hours from New York and Boston. I first visited about 35 years ago while in graduate school in Boston. Its been a long time favorite, with all kinds of cars coming out of the garages of the northeast and New York areas. This year only a brief visit, but got to say hello to Santo Spadaro and his brother (from NY), the Kristicks (racing their Fulvia Sport), and the Steermans. There was also an 8C Alfa and a D24, and some other  significant Italian machinery.

Aston, Jag and Ferrari in the pits

rare Ferrari. Not sure what this is – 275 P?

two gorgeous Alfas, SSZ and TZ1

Frank Spadaro’s 1.6 and a Fanalone for sale…

up close with a D24

D24 curvaceous front

two 8Cs and a D24 in the background

Lovely MG Arnolt with special Italian body in the parking area

 

 

Written by Geoff

September 6, 2017 at 12:46 pm

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Rally video – Stratos, Delta S4, 037

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Chris Harris, a British motoring journalist, spent an afternoon north of San Remo, at a Pirelli event introducing their Pirelli P7 Rally Corsa Classic tires. There he went out in a Stratos, Delta S4 and an 037 Lancia, and with Markku Alen as well. All were totally amazing. This is a wonderful rally video, especially because it shows  our beloved Lancias at a reasonably intense clip, and is quite accessible and tangible.

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August 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm

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Borgeson, Lincolns, and friendship

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Car friends are good friends. Most are loyal, they share similar interests, which is not so much the cars themselves, but for the insights gained. Our fondness for complicated industrial products that move and make noise allows us to see the world and find treasures in ways and places we wouldn’t normally look. And surprises happen.

Many years ago, the famed historian Griff Borgeson wrote of his student years in the Bay area and of a very special set of friends he had at the time. Its one of my favorite pieces, and for those of you published Thoroughbred and Classic Cars in 1979.

Purebred Lincolns

Griff Borgeson inspecting FWD Miller in NYC upon its return from France.

 

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July 25, 2017 at 9:01 pm

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It doesn’t get any….

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…. better or worse.

Not sure, but it sure is funny:

Elsa Martinelli and a 1.2 HF

The things they threw out windows, anything to beat Porsche.

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July 21, 2017 at 1:09 am

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new life for the Appia

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Recent improvement on the Appia – Gianni (mechanic and friend at Autosprint in Chicago) checked the compression and this 58 year old motor still had 140psi in all the cylinders. So with that in mind, he took the carb apart, and started measuring the jets. Found them reduced in size from years of crud so he bore them out to the correct original size. Sounds simple enough – but oh, what a change.

The car has new life. What used to be calm…. put your foot to the floor.. and wait, has now changed. There is (if 43hp can count for HP) power now, and the car has a nimbleness and a little bit of oomph. Its a whole new car, absolutely delightful. Passing folks at highway speeds,  up to an indicated 85 without even trying hard.

Moral of the story: keep looking. Horses are there to be found.

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July 9, 2017 at 11:04 pm

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D25 in motion

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Recently released from FCA is this video on the D25 and one of Ascari’s family members.

The D25 is not well known – it was a V6 Lancia sports racing car designed in 1954 to  improve on the already successful D24. Made in 1954 around the desires of Ascari and Gianni Lancia, the car was shelved when Ascari died in 1955, and the racing program closed. Its 3,750cc DOHC V6 featured two distributors and 305hp. The car has rarely (if ever) been seen or heard in motion. But what a wonderful car….

Notice the radiator top hoses going through the front chassis tube. They just couldn’t stop themselves….

Written by Geoff

June 29, 2017 at 2:29 pm

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New Aurelia website

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Just published: www.lanciaaurelia.info

Take a look – there is a lot of information on the site. Its likely to replace www.Lanciainfo.com as the main web portal, as the older site is very difficult to update.

Probably will keep this blog, tho, with its many good posts here.

Have fun,

Geoff

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June 8, 2017 at 2:28 am

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D50 at Lime Rock

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From September. Nice sounds!

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March 18, 2017 at 1:25 am

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Last copies

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Only about 20 copies of Lancia and De Virgilio, At the Center remain available from the publisher, with no plans at this time for a reprint….If interested, reach them directly at: David Bull Publishing.

Written by Geoff

October 29, 2016 at 11:10 am

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