1957 Lancia Appia Coupe

The Appia was Lancia's small car for ten years, from 1953 through 1963. It replaced the Ardea, which was the car that pioneered the 5-speed gearbox. Like many Lancias, independent coachbuilders stepped in and produced some special, limited production models. Pininfarina lent their hand to this compact sedan and turned it into a coupe, with a rather striking roofline. For sale in South Africa, this Appia Coupe is a chance to own a stylish piece of Lancia history for a relatively small sum.

1957 Lancia Appia Coupe

1957 Lancia Appia Coupe Pininfarina Series 2. The production of the Appia coupe ended in march 1963 after 1087 had been made. Pininfarina initially produced 302 coupes, and Viotti took over with ultimately 785 coupes. For a coachbuilt car that was quite successful although it is questionable if it ever made any profit for Lancia. The endearing coupe with its remarkable roof never had any sporting ambitions nor was it a grand tourer. It was meant to be attractive and render a stylish and fashionable image to the Appia, and that's what it did. Currently the Appia coupe is particularly valuable though it is relatively rare. The third series Appia coupes made after 1960 are the best though the early second series coupes are more special and hard to find. As a classic car it's loved by those who fall for its unique style. LHD, original, very clean and very good running condition. Car is in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Appia Pininfarina Coupes tend to hover around the $20,000 mark for those in good condition. At $15,000, this is well priced for a car that appears to be in good, drivable condition. Any potential US buyers might spend close to $20,000 getting it stateside, but its rarity and style will certainly be a hit at any club gathering ventured to.

-Paul

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