1957 Lancia Appia Zagato
1957 Lancia Appia Zagato

The Lancia Appia saloon was introduced in 1953 as a replacement for the long serving Ardea with its most significant feature being the narrow angle V4 engine developed by legendary engineer, Vittorio Jano.
It was not until after the second series was introduced in 1956 that a chassis platform was made available to custom coachbuilders.
Initially Pininfarina was selected to build a coupé and Vignale was given the responsibility of producing both a 2 +2 Lusso and a convertible.
Zagato then began producing Appia bodies (the GTZ in 1957 and then GT in early1958) based on chassis secured from Lancia by customers.
They did not become an official Lancia vendor until late 1958 with the introduction of the GTE (Gran Turismo Esportazione) and the final Sport model.
Over this time power output rose from 48 bhp, then to 53 bhp and finally 60 bhp for the later GTE and Sport models.

Zagato built 550 Appia's of all types.
There were 39 GTZ's and GT's built prior to Zagato becoming an authorized Lancia coachbuilder.
The styling on these early cars varied greatly from one car to the next.
A few had "double bubble" roofs but nearly all had small fins mounted on their rear top fender edges.
Some had flush mounted, open headlights while others had recessed, covered headlights.
These initial cars were followed by three different series of GTE's made up of 167 covered headlight cars and 144 recessed open headlight cars.

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LANCIA APPIA ZAGATO, I modelli, la technica, le corse
Author: Gino Giugno
Publisher: Nuova Ipsa Editore
Year: 2005
ISBN: 88-7676-277-9

LANCIA APPIA ZAGATO, I modelli, la technica, le corse
LANCIA APPIA ZAGATO, I modelli, la technica, le corse