This cute and cheap Italian backyard find is just waiting for you to rescue it and put it back on the road! It’s located in Oakland, California and is listed for sale here on eBay, where the buy it now is $1,850 but even lower offers are being considered.
Can you hear it saying “rescue me, come rescue me and I will purr up and down the local hills like I was designed to go up and down the Italian Alps”? Ok, maybe it’s just Scotty and I that hear carspeak? No, there have to be more of you out there! Anyway, the black plates are real, and so is the crooked grin!
Perhaps your eyesight is better than mine and you can distinguish the date on the blue tag sticker; I’m thinking it reads ’87, but I’m not sure. In any case, the seller tells us that the previous owner took the car off the road after the starter quit and the clutch began to slip. Now it’s been off the road long enough that the brake shoes had to be removed to allow it to roll. The seller also tells us that someone jacked the car incorrectly and damaged the steering rods. I hope they can be straightened–I’m guessing spares may be difficult to find!
The distinctly Italian interior actually looks in pretty good shape, apart from the epic cobwebs. I love that steering wheel!
The Appia featured Lancia’s famous V4 engine, in this case in a conventional front engine/rear wheel drive configuration. I found some information that stated that in early 1960, the 1100 cc engine specification was upgraded to 60 horsepower from the previous 48, but I could not confirm this. The engine compartment looks pretty original, and I don’t imagine it will be too difficult to get that little V4 out to start to fix things. I found a starter in the UK here, but I suspect the smartest thing to do would be to take the one in the car to an old-style rebuilder. The closest thing I found to a clutch was a pedal pad set here, but I’m hoping someone out there could help. So what do you think? Could you find a spot for this cute and cheap Italian sedan? And if the 1958 Saab in the background has you intrigued, they are selling it here. It doesn’t look like they are selling the Sonnett, though, at least at the moment.