Offered by Gooding & Company | London, U.K. | September 3, 2022
Lancia followed a pretty straightforward naming convention in its early years. They started with the “Alfa” and followed the Greek alphabet straight down to Epsilon for their fifth model (not counting the Dialfa).
The Epsilon was offered in 1911 and 1912, and just 357 were made. They were likely not cheap, either. This one was imported to the U.S. when new and bodied locally by J.M. Quinby. Power is from a 4.1-liter inline-four that was rated at 60 horsepower. Three wheelbases were offered, with different body styles for each. A lot of options for such low production.
This car has been on static museum duty for some time and is not currently running. Despite this, the Epsilon was such a solid, well-built car for its day that it remains sought after today. The estimate is $150,000-$215,000. Click here for more info.
Lancia models have always had Greek letters for their series names. The Epsilon was an early example of this naming convention. The company was founded in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia in Turin. The Tipo 58 Epsilon entered production in 1911 and lasted through 1912.
The engine is a 4.1-liter straight-four making 60 horsepower. It was available in four different chassis configurations that offered a wide variety of body styles. In all, only 312 Epsilon chassis were built. Only two are known to exist: this one, and one on permanent display at the Schlumpf Collection.
This was originally built as a race car (as seen)and was actually a Lancia factory entrant at the 1913 Targa Florio. The car was discovered in storage and Lancia finally sold it in 1970. It was then restored and is now considered the oldest functioning Lancia in the world and the only surviving Lancia racing car from this era. It’s pretty impressive and should bring between $235,000-$275,000. Click here for more info and here for more from Coys.