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Chassis no. 39.2849 - Engine no. 97.7586
Coachbuilder: Viotti/Benelli
Categories: C- One-off models; E- Historic event cars; F- Cars owned by the famous
Owner: Private Collection
It was born with an aerodynamic body and later transformed into spider, it ran several races with both bodies including three Mille Miglia.
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The Lancia Aprilia (1937–1949) was a revolutionary car, one of the first designed using wind tunnel in collaboration with Battista Farina and Politecnico di Torino, achieving a record low drag coefficient of 0.47. The berlinetta aerodinamica was first shown in 1936. Production commenced in February 1937, the month in which the firm's founder died: this was the last of Vincenzo Lancia's designs, featuring four pillarless doors. The first series (mod. 238, 10,354 units, 1937–39) featured a 1,352 cc V4 motor providing 47 bhp (35 kW). The second series (mod. 438, 9,728 units, 1939–49) had its engine capacity increased to 1,486 cc, which provided 48 bhp (36 kW). With the Aprilia Lancia followed their tradition of offering cars with the steering wheel on the right even in markets seen by other manufacturers as left hand drive markets.

The chassis 39-2849 born as “berlina” on 28 April 1938 (engine 7586, gearbox 7712, differential 8069). In 1938 began appearing in Italian races the first Lancia Aprilia prepared according to the regulations of the National Sports category. The debut was that of Luigi Villoresi who won the Mille Miglia with a spider Zagato.
Lorenzo Cantoni acquired this Lancia Aprilia in February 1939. At 6 Ore di Pescara appeared three cars, one was this aerodynamic berlinetta coach-built by Viotti and prepared by Pagani for Ambrosiana team. It was crewed by Cantoni - Agosti and was first in his class.

In the mechanical workshop of Luigi Pagani in Piazza Castello 6 in Milan, at the same address of the Lancia Dealership Eugenio Minetti, were prepared many of the Aprilia Sport engines from late thirties. Pagani had in fact patented a special light alloy head in which there were two inlet ducts on both sides, by feeding the four cylinders with separate ducts and of equal length. The car with the aerodynamic shape of Viotti had a bonnet with two bosses to make room for two carburetors arranged on the two opposite sides of the engine.

Transferred by the heirs of Cantoni to Agosti, he ran the Circuito dell’Impero 1939, the Mille Miglia of 1940 and the Circuito di Modena in 1946. This time the car ran with a new open body. At that time the car's mechanics was followed by Benelli of Pesaro and is believed also followed the transformation of the body. In 1947, the new owner, Enrico Adanti, presented it with a new livery and participated, paired with Spadoni, the Mille Miglia of 1948.
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15th August 1938
Targa Abruzzo - 6 Ore di Pescara
| Pescara | Italy
driver: Lorenzo Cantoni
co-driver: Luciano Agosti
entry number: 40
11th June 1939
Circuito dell'Impero
| Roma | Italy
driver: Luciano Agosti
entry number: 42
15th August 1939
Targa Abruzzo
| Pescara | Italy
driver: Luciano Agosti
entry number: 26
28th April 1940
Mille Miglia
| Brescia-Cremona-Mantova | Italy
co-driver: Paolo Villa
entry number: 62
30th June 1946
Circuito di Modena
| Modena | Italy
driver: Enrico Adanti
entry number: 88
3rd September 1946
Coppa Andrea Brezzi
| Torino | Italy
driver: Enrico Adanti
6th October 1946
Circuito di Mantova
| Mantova | Italy
driver: Enrico Adanti
13th October 1946
Circuito di Voghera
| Voghera - Pavia | Italy
driver: Enrico Adanti
11th May 1947
Circuito di Piacenza
| Piacenza | Italy
driver: Enrico Adanti
entry number: 134
21st June 1947 - 22nd June 1947
Mille Miglia
| Brescia - Roma - Brescia | Italy
driver: Enrico Adanti
entry number: 199


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