Two for one: 1937 Lancia Belna F-234


The Belna is nothing but the French declination of the Lancia Augusta: obviously it wasn’t just the name, there were also differences due to a very specific reason.


At the time, in fact, France imposed a duty of 85% of the value for the imported cars, but this duty could be circumvented by planting a branch in France that would produce the same cars, even if with French production components. The name of the French Augusta was, in fact, Belna.


We will not dwell on the differences between the model produced in Turin and the one produced in France, suffice it to say that, at the time, this car was the one preferred by Nuvolari and Varzi for everyday use; this one in particular is the cabriolet model that the owner says it needs a complete restoration; the photographs are not that great, but the car seems complete and, last but not least, the seller also sells a car with a sedan body to use as a donor. Find it for sale at €20,000 (today $22,000) here in Bergamo, Italy.


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