It didn't take long before Zagato's coupe was again revised. Already in 1960 a modified Appia GTE appeared. On the outside this version could be distinguished by its different front end: the deeply recessed headlights with plastic fairings were replaced by more traditional, less recessed headlights without fairings. Also side indicator lights were added to the front fenders, placed before the wheels.
Remarkably the Appia GTE was also the largest Appia version. It measured 419 x 142 x 123 cm (length x width x height) and was therefore 17 cm longer than the berlina (and 6 cm longer than the Pininfarina coupe). The reason for that was its relatively long front overhang; its longer, streamlined nose section was intended to reduce frontal drag in order to improve performance. At the same time it was lower (by 22 cm) and narrower (by 6 cm) than the berlina which gave this little car somewhat odd proportions, like as if its intended shape was stretched and flattened by some strange force.
Even so the Appia GTE was a successful racing car in Italy at the end of the 1950s and in the early 1960s. It scored class wins in hill climbs and in touring car and endurance races. In 1960 and 1961 these cars won the Italian GT championship; in 1961 in the hands of Cesare Fiorio, who later acquired fame as manager of Lancia's competition department. Competition versions of the GTE were made more powerful by tuners like Nardi and a power output of up to 70 hp was no exception.
At the same time as the Appia Sport appeared Zagato made a few last adjustments to the GTE. The "E" in the model name was dropped in order to revert back to the model's originals Gran Turismo name. Externally the original door handles, which fitted flush with the door's surface and extended themselves at a push of a button behind them, were replaced by more common fixed handles with push-button locks. This version was made up to September 1962 after which the production of the "full-size" Appia GT was stopped. Production of the shorter Appia Sport was continued a bit longer and ended in March 1963.
This of course translates to the appeal the Appia GT has today. Even though much of its racing fame was limited to Italy and the car was hardly exported during its production it now is considered a desirable Lancia model internationally. Its value is about twice that of the other 2-door Appia models, even though its looks may not be to everybody's taste. The value of early Appia GT models, from before 1959, is hard to determine because they're so rare and unique. Even the later cars differ from one to the other, but to a lesser extend.
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