We are delighted that the 1924 Lancia Lambda Casaro recently restored by ourselves won the prize ‘Best of Show Pre-War’ at the Zoute Concours d’Elegance recently held in Belgium.
This Lancia Lambda was bought new by Count Zborowksi straight from the Lancia Stand at the 1924 Milan Motor Show. It is believed to be the first and prototype of six Casaro bodied Lancia Lambdas made. Casaro, a local coachbuilder of Turin, later also penned the bodywork for the three Lancia team Mille Miglia entries in 1928 and 1929. Sadly, Count Zborowski was killed at Monza in a Mercedes not long after buying the Casaro. The car has spent its entire life in England with the same registration number – FN 6911 – as it had when imported in 1925. In the 1950s, the car’s engine was changed to the later, improved, 8th series type (a common period modification) as fitted today. During the 1950s, the body was modified to have different and much less elegant front and rear wings. The body has now been returned to the original configuration. We have recently carried out a thorough restoration of the car.
We were also pleased that a 1928 Bugatti Type-37a restored by ourselves attended the event, an event which recently won the Octane Award of the ‘Historic Motoring Event of the Year’. The Zoute Grand Prix Car week is a high-end car, art and lifestyle festival spread across Knokke-Heist, Bruges and Ostend in Belgium. With different events running across the week, including a rally, a Concours d’Elegance, and a Bonhams sale, it stretches over several days and has charm and camaraderie at its heart.
For more information on the Zoute Grand Prix, visit: https://zoutegrandprix.be/en/home