FIVA‘s Preservation Awards
It is very rare indeed to see a historic car, or bike for that matter, in its original configuration. As it left the factory in other words. Such a find not only time warps us back to the way things really were, it is also a testament to the care and respect its keepers have shown for it over the years. It is a privilege to see chrome plating of a quality we can only dream of today, to sample leather of a kind no longer available and to admire the attention to detail unimaginable in the time-pressured world we now live in.
It is to honour and record these original icons our motoring past that FIVA have created the Preservation Award to be given at select events around the world. Each of the brass plaques, weighing 1.2kg, will be individually numbered and registered, inextricably linking it to the vehicle and its current keeper.
1928 1 LANCIA LAMBDA SERIE VIII
- V4 Engine, 2569cc, 69 hp at 3500 rpm
- Coachwork: Four-SeaterTorpedo, Lancia
- Entrant: Anthony MacLean (Switzerland)
Compared with the technical benchmarks of its era, the Lancia Lambda presented in 1922 was one of the most advanced automobiles of all times. There is simply no room to enumerate all its innovations here. Let’s just say that the Lambda had the first unitary body ever built and defined the layout that only became established gradually as the standard three decades later.
Around 11 000 units were created up to 1931 in nine model series. This car is one of six that Lancia prepared as works cars for entry in the Mille Miglia in 1928 – and probably the only one that survives to this day. Three years after the murderous competition it came into the hands of a British owner. He kept the Torpedo for more than 40 years, using it as a tourer between England and Switzerland up until 1939. His travels put nearly 300 000 kilometers on the clock.
When this 91-year-old Lancia paraded at the Concorso d’Eleganza it just completed the 2019 Mille Miglia!
Awards received by FIVA
17 june 2017, Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg
The RetroClassicCultur e.v. is honored to give the National and International RCC Awards for Special Merit for the Preservation and Public Perception of Historic Vehicles to the Fahrzeugakadernie Schweinfurt and to the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens.