Labor of Love: 1960 Lancia Appia Coupe

1960 Lancia Appia Coupe Front

We doubt that there are too many of these cars parked in barns around the U.S., but this one has been for the last 20 years. This Pininfarina bodied Appia just got pulled out of a barn and is extremely rough, so much so it may not be good for anything more than a parts car, but it’s cheap. Gullwingmotors.com is asking $4,950 and you may be able to get them down a bit lower.

1960 Lancia Appia Coupe Front Corner

The Appia isn’t nearly as recognizable as many of its siblings, but those that have driven one of these cars knows the Appia deserves some attention too. This coupe is one of a few thousand Appia’s re-bodied by Pininfarina. The Pininfarina styling of this coupe looks much like a baby Ferrari 250 GT.

1960 Lancia Appia Coupe Engine

The Appia Coupe was powered by the standard Appia 1.1 liter V4, but produced a little more horsepower then standard at 53 hp. We don’t know if this car’s engine still turns or if it’s seized up. The engine bay is just as rusty as the rest of the car, so we wouldn’t hold our breath.

1960 Lancia Appia Coupe Interior

The Interior of this car appears pretty complete, but the floors look to be about gone. If someone does decide to take this car on as a project they better be ready to replace a lot of sheet metal. We wonder what the underside looks like; if the rest of the underside is this rusty then it’s too far gone.

1960 Lancia Appia Coupe Side

We would love to see this poor Lancia back on the road, but we know that’s just wishful thinking. This car would be an overwhelming project for anyone but the most skilled restorers, and at that it would have to be a project of love. If it were the Zagato Sport bodied Appia instead of the Pininfarina Coupe, than we would be all for taking it on as a project and not as a parts car. But if there is anyone looking for a cheap Appia as a parts car or a project of love here’s the one for you.

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Comments

  1. Derrick

    horrible loss. too far gone

  2. Bill Shaw

    If Jay Leno can turn a pile of rusty parts into a 1909 White steam car, this should be easier.

  3. C Doyle in SF

    Yeah. Definitely too far gone. I've seen some amazing rescues, but this is literally beyond hope.

  4. C Doyle in SF

    Though, this thread did change my opinion about what is and isn't possible :http://retrorides.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=readersrides&action=display&thread=65793&page=1

  5. ROAR

    I’d strip it and DIP it, there might well be enough metal to provide a decent redo, all the bits seem there but of course will require many loving man hours by someone that has the determination and time

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