1932 Lancia Artena Sport by Barbi
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This Lancia Artena based one-off special build by Carrozzeria Barbi Spa was established in 1905 at Concordia (Modena) by Galileo Barbi. The first products were carriages pulled by horses. In 1911 the factory received the first prize at the International Exhibition in Paris; this was an important sing of the excellent quality and comfort of the coaches. At the beginning of motorization Galileo Barbi understood that he had to stop his old production in order to build coachworks for motorcars. The factory was enlarged and new equipment were bought; The first coachworks for motorcars were made on Fiat’s, Alfa Romeo’s, Ansaldo’s, OM’s, Lancia’s chassis, with very good result. Among his customers must be mentioned the unforgettable Tazio Nuvolari.
In 1931 Barbi began a new production of industrial vehicles, vans, cabs for lorries, and ambulances; later Galileo started the more complicated production of coaches, at first with a wooden structure, and later with a tubolar steel structure.
In 1932 the factory of Mirandola was enlarged, the number of workers was increased up to 70 men and new engineers were appointed to prepare skilled and competent workers. When the second world war broke out, the Barbi had to break off its production to make only ambulances, vans and military buses on behalf of the Navy Department till September 1943.
This ultimate rare important historic Lancia owned by my Italian friend Roberto Vanarelli