Love for a lit­tle Lan­cia

Classic Cars (UK) - - Letters -

Throughly en­joyed your ar­ti­cle on the Farina-bod­ied Lan­cia Au­gusta (July 2017). When I broke my leg af­ter fall­ing off an AJS 500 twin many years ago, I en­joyed us­ing my grand­fa­ther’s four-seat con­vert­ible Au­gusta dur­ing my re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

It only went at about 65mph but had hy­draulic brakes, ex­cel­lent steer­ing and in­de­pen­dent front sus­pen­sion. At 18 years old, I thought it an ex­cel­lent ve­hi­cle to take my pals to Sil­ver­stone and Oul­ton Park, or con­vey rugby team­mates to Mose­ley.

I used it for six months and dur­ing that time it com­pared ex­cel­lently to my self­built Austin 7 Spe­cial, and even cars like my fa­ther’s Bu­gatti Type 57. Well, al­most.

I was loathe to give it up; but when my grand­fa­ther of­fered me a ten-year-old MG TC pro­vided I gave up the AJS mo­tor­cy­cle, it took me about five sec­onds to agree.

Lovely lit­tle car, that Lan­cia Au­gusta.

Mike Virr

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