Lancia Aprilia Francis Lombardi “Woody” 1948 RHD
How not to be astonished and charmed by this very stylish Lancia “Woody” estate?
This one-off Lancia Aprilia was built by aronautic constructor & carrozzeria Francis Lombardi in 1948 for an aristaucratic vineyard ownernear Sienna.
Choosing the Lancia Aprilia, Vincenzo Lancia’s last masterpiece car design,as a mechanical basis and aircraftmanufacturer Francis Lombardi, a I-st WW aviation hero,as coachbuildercancertainly be qualified asa testimony of good taste!
The very clean lines and luminous appearance set this Aprilia “Woody” very much apart from the rather heavy coachbuilding traditiontypical for those immediate after war years(the back-side of this Francis Lombardi design reminds me of the AMC Pacer of the 70-ies!).
Discovered by ItalianLancia enthusiasts in 2004, and being aware of the unique character and unusualstyling, a nut & bolt restoration of this Aprilia was undertaken without hesitation. This restoration is very well documented with lots and lots of photographs showing clearly every step of the body restoration andevery piece of wood which needed to be replicatedof this voluminous and meticulous job.
The final result simply is an amazing beauty!
So much so that the model car manufacturer ABC Brianza decided to make a 1/43model of this very car, correct inevery detail.
This unique Lancia Apriliaimmediately conquereda place in my hart as ‘once in a lifetime’ classic, I am sure she will easilydo the same with…you?
Price: 95.000 Euro