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Lancia Appia

Appia Sport Appia Appia Gran Lusso When in 1956 Lancia made 12 chassis of the Appia for various coachbuilders, Vignale took the challenge eagerly and produced these three models.
It was the foreboding of a more intensified relationship between Vignaleand Lancia: soon Vignale was chosen for mass production of the Convertible and the Coupe Lusso.
The Appia Sport prototype, not to be confused with the series produced Appia Sport by Zagato, clearly hinted of the Nardi Raggio Azzuro - Blue Ray - produced by Nardi on the basis of the Appia's big sister, the Lancia Aurelia.

Lancia Appia Lusso

Appia Lusso The Appia Gran Lusso prototype was such a great success, that when a little later a few coachbuilders were selected for larger series of 'fuoriserie' Appia's, Vignale was amongst them with no less than two variants: the Appia Lusso and Convertible. They mark the transition into mass production by Vignale. At first in the 'old' workshop at the Via Cigliano, the Appias were produced alongside the Triumph Italia. The workshop was soon too small, so in 1961, Vignale had to move to the new factory just outside town.
Directly based on the design of the Gran Lusso prototype with only major changes to the front, the Lusso was one of the three coupe models in the Lancia catalogues next to the Coupe of Pininfarina and the Sport of Zagato. With a design quite a bit neater than Pininfarina's, production was extremely high: in a few years' time a 'vast' number of 477 cars left the Vignale factory.

Lancia Appia Convertibile

Appia Convertibile Appia Convertibile With no less than three coupes in their catalogues, Lancia complemented their range of Appia cars with a convertible directly derived from the successful Lusso coupe. From 1957 to 1962, 1584 convertibles were built in two series: the first series cars were two seaters while the later cars were 2+2 seaters.
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Appia Berlina (1956) Appia Sport (1956) Aurelia Coupè 'Ginevra' (1951)
Appia Convertibile (1957) Aprilia (1949) Aurelia Coupè 'Italia' (1951)
Appia Gran Lusso (1956) Aurelia Convertibile (1950) Esatau 703
Appia Lusso (1958) Aurelia Coupè (1950) Flavia Convertibile (1962)

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