The Appia is one of the most important Lancia models of the 1950s. First introduced in 1953, over 100,000 were produced during the next decade. Zagato proposed this sports car to Lancia in 1957. Over the next seven years, approximately 580 Appia Zagatos were built in four series (of which 136 with covered headlights). Available as a two-seater from 1957 to 1959, the Appia convertible was also built as a 2+2, from 1959 to 1962.
Appias are powered by Lancia's narrow angle V4 engine and feature a sliding pillar front suspension and unit body construction. The aerodynamic body, combined with the light weight (1,785 pounds), allowed this 60 horsepower car to reach speeds of 100 MPH. It was very competitive in small bore racing events, including the Mille Miglia.
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