History of 1070
Aprilias started to roll off the production line in February 1937, that year there were 3900 cars built. The factory record provided by from the Lancia book of manufacturing shows my car was delivered on July 7, 1937.
1937 - 1938
Built at the Lancia factory in Torino, construction number 1070 and chassis number 38-2046. The original engine number was 1507 but the current engine is an amalgamation of 1937 & '38 components, most likely done during the restoration in the '90s. The original gearbox was number 1441, which it no longer has, and the differential was 1260, which is still there.
She was one of approximately 400 cars imported into Britain before the war and first registered in London on June 14, 1938, the registration number was EYT 171.
The late Brian Long describes most of these cars as coming in with only primer paint, without tyres, batteries and devoid of coverings to the upholstery, roof and door panels. They were also fitted with locally sourced bumper bars, as shown. I also suspect the Andre Hydro-Telecontrol shock absorbers and larger Zenith 36 VI-2 carburettor currently on 1070 were fitted at that time, they are both made in the UK and are from the period.
Why buy an Aprilia?
I’ve now been asked a few times why I bought a Lancia Aprilia. Well, like a few others of my generation, back in 1972 I read the Peter Garnier ‘Fancy A Lancia’ articles in Autocar and later his retrospective 1978 look with his first drive in Thoroughbred & Classic Cars.
There was just something about that shape, very much an ugly duckling but with something magic that got into my head. The horror stories of rust and expense must have glazed over my mind. My ‘dream” car back in those days was an XK120, but like most things, we always lust after what we cannot afford, so I drove an ex Snowy Mountains Authority series 2a SWB Land Rover and then a Mk3a Austin-Healy Sprite (yes I could fit into one back then!)
Move forward to 1980 and I buy my first Lancia, a 1966 Fulvia 1.2 Coupé. After three years of relatively faithful service as my everyday car it had to go. Rust and two growing children that didn’t fit were the main motivators. But it was a great little car that even my wife loved. In 1984 there was an almost buy, a Flaminia Zagato Sport ( a RHD red/orange one) for just $25,000, again a growing family and a growing mortgage meant I had to pass (one of lives regrets now).
Next; big leap to mid 2006. I’ve sold my house in Melbourne and got a bit more than I was expecting. So, this is before the GFC, I decide I will try and find a Lancia. Either a Flaminia Touring or Aprilia, I like most Touring bodied cars, beautiful things. Start searching the internet and put an ad in the ALR newsletter. A few weeks later I get a call from a Peter Renou. He tells me the last Aprilia sold in Australia about 15 years ago and that there are very few in the country, I don’t think he has much time for Flaminias! But, there is an Aprilia advertised on PreWarCar that he thought was reasonable. It was in the UK, had had a full restoration in the early ‘90s and was a reasonable price. A few email exchanges, a posted bank cheque and my car was on the boat to Australia. On collecting her from the docks this was not only the first time I’d driven an Aprilia, but the first time I’d ever seen one in the flesh. The rest, as they say, is history.
1938 - 1974?
I have no information on who sold the car, who the original owner was or anything until 1974.
1974 - 1977
The next record, thanks to Paul Mayo’s research through the LMC registers, shows the owner from 1974 to 1977 as Graham Beasley, Burswood, 9 Northern Way, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent.
In May1982 the owner was David Temple, 198(B?) The Mill Estate, Acton Lane, London. David’s name also appears on the 1998 Vehicle Registration Form V5 form as the previous recorded keeper. His full name is David William Arthur L Temple.
I have a MOT from January 1983 that was done at Hamblys Garage. Pelynt, Looe, Cornwall. R. K. Mattick was the proprietor, he also signed the form. My question is, what was the car doing down in Cornwall? The site is now the Pelynt Garage.
Brighton, England 2006
In October 1988 the car was now in hands of Paladin Jaguar, Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey. They bought it at an auction, of which I have no details. The invoice shows a new coil was fitted to get the car running, the mileage noted was 72,063. The Bell Street address is now a plumbing showroom.
In April 1989 Paladin Jaguar did some further repairs to fix a slipping clutch & seized brakes. These were done at a different address; Sovereign House, Centenary Estate, Hollingdean Road, Brighton, Sussex. Paladin Jaguar later changed to Gatwick Jaguar.
1993 - 2006
Restoration was finished and she got new MOT on May 11, 1993. The mileage is now back to 71,731!
The car was owned by Anthony all through this period. He used it for occasional trips but for the last few years it was mainly kept in heated storage in Brighton.
FIVA ID card c1989
2006 - present
I saw the car advertised in and finalised the purchase from Anthony on 20 September 2006. I paid £11,250, with a total landed cost including shipping, fees, GST and duty of AU$38,000. The car arrived in Melbourne, Australia on December 19, 2006, with the various delays associated with the holidays it wasn’t until January 4, 2007 that I finally collected it from the docks.
It got it's Roadworthy Certificate on September 5, 2007 and was registered with VicRoads on September 17, 2007
If anyone knows anything else regarding the car or the people please get in touch.
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On 15 May, 1989 the car was purchased from Paladin Jaguar by Anthony Dady, 33 Hampton Place, Brighton, Sussex, England. The mileage was still 72,063, he paid £5,000. Looking at the invoice it has the chassis number of 382046, which is still the same, but an engine number of A12426! 1st series Aprilia engine numbers were prefixed 97-xxxx, so what that number relates to is a mystery.
1990 - 1993
The car underwent a total rebuild during this period, details of the can be found on the pages.