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Lot 52

1930 Lancia Lambda 8th Series Short-Chassis Tourer

  • Chassis no. 21463
  • Engine no. 11618

€110.000 - €150.000


68 bhp, 2,570 cc V-4 engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, live axle rear suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 3,420 mm

  • Lancia’s revolutionary design, monocoque and independent suspension
  • Single-family ownership from 1934 until 2012
  • Remarkably original and complete


The Lancia Lambda is, quite simply, one of the most innovative, forward-thinking production cars of all time. Whilst steel monocoque unibody construction would be pioneered in the United States by Cord and Hudson, and then eventually find its way onto almost every modern production car, it was first successfully used on the Lambda. The car’s stress-bearing body moved the driver lower, allowing for more aerodynamic lines and a lower centre of gravity, which, combined with Lancia’s patented independent front suspension, provided ride and handling decades ahead of their time.



Such a success was the Lambda that it was manufactured, in nine series, for eight years, and some 13,000 of them were made. Survivors are treasured by knowledgeable enthusiasts for their unbeatable combination of advanced engineering and superb driving qualities.



The 8th Series Tourer offered here was originally delivered by the Shields Motor Company, of Melbourne, Australia, to Robert Barr-Smith on 7 April 1930. In 1934, it was acquired by well-known early enthusiast R.H. Edgar, a Lancia proponent who owned several Lambda variants. The car remained in Mr Edgar’s family for 78 years, before its acquisition by the present owner.



With the exception of a repaint to its present colour, which dates back to 1934, the Lambda remains incredibly original and complete throughout. It is reported to be in sound condition mechanically and to have always been garaged and cared for. The original enamel badge from the dashboard is not presently attached to the car, but it will accompany the car when purchased by its new owner; it was removed by the owner for safe keeping.



Included in the file is a wonderful collection of copies of original documents, including the extraordinarily detailed order form and Bill of Sale to Mr Barr-Smith, a letter from the Edgar family that confirms their ownership, an Australian registration certificate, and pages from Transport to Mechanisation by Nancie Edgar, which features this car.



This car is an incomparably original Lambda, and it will be as treasured in its new home as it was by the Edgars for so many years.






Moteur V4, 2 570 cm3, 68 ch, boîte manuelle quatre rapports, suspension avant indépendante, pont arrière rigide avec ressorts semi-elliptiques, freins à tambours sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 3 420 mm.



  • Conception révolutionnaire, monocoque et suspensions avant indépendantes
  • Dans la même famille de 1934 à 2012
  • Remarquablement originale et complete




Cette Lancia Lambda est tout simplement une des voitures de série les plus innovantes et avant-gardistes de tous les temps. Même si la construction monocoque tout acier s'est développée plus tard aux États-Unis avec Cord et Hudson pour s'appliquer finalement à presque toutes les voitures de série, ce système a été d'abord expérimenté avec succès sur la Lancia Lambda. Grâce à la conception de cette carrosserie rigide, la position du conducteur était plus basse, ce qui permettait de dessiner des lignes plus aérodynamiques et d'obtenir un centre de gravité plus bas. Cette disposition, combinée à la suspension avant indépendante brevetée par Lancia, avait pour résultat une tenue de route et un comportement très en avance sur leur temps.



La Lambda a rencontré un tel succès que, en neuf séries étalées sur huit ans, ce sont quelque 13 000 exemplaires qui ont vu le jour. Les survivantes sont préservées avec amour par des utilisateurs passionnés qui apprécient leur conception très avancée combinée à leur comportement exceptionnel.



Le Tourer 8e série proposé ici a été livré neuf le 7 avril 1930 à Robert Barr-Smith par l'intermédiaire de la Shields Motor Company, de Melbourne, en Australie. En 1934, elle était achetée par R.H. Edgar, passionné bien connu des débuts, ardent défenseur de la marque Lancia et possesseur de plusieurs versions de Lambda. La voiture est restée dans la famille de M. Edgar pendant 78 ans, avant que le présent propriétaire n'en fasse l'acquisition.



A l'exception d'une peinture dans sa couleur actuelle, qui remonte à 1934, cette Lambda reste incroyablement originale et complète. Il nous a été indiqué qu'elle était en bon état mécanique, et qu'elle avait toujours été garée à l'abri et soigneusement entretenue. Le badge émaillé de tableau de bord, d'origine, n'est pas présent sur la voiture, mais sera livré avec elle. Il a été déposé par le propriétaire pour des raisons de sécurité.



Le dossier comporte un magnifique ensemble de copies de documents originaux, dont le bon de commande extraordinairement détaillé et le bon de livraison à M. Barr-Smith, une lettre de la famille Edgar confirmant la propriété de la voiture, un certificat d'immatriculation australien et des pages du magazine Transport to Mechanisation, par Nancie Edgar, dans lesquelles apparaît la voiture.



Dans un état d'origine incomparable, cette Lambda sera préservée aussi précieusement chez son nouveau propriétaire qu'elle l'a été pendant tant d'années entre les mains de la famille Edgar.

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