And there was the one who raised his hat to scratch his head at the passage of the Alfa, and the other who was lying with his back, but under an Aprilia. In short, the itchiness of large industrialists across the Alps in front of Italian cars was quite frequent. That of Louis Renault under the Aprilia is extraordinary because it was told by whoever was inside an article in the Blu Lancia corporate magazine. Let's reread it, with the help of two photos, one of the supporting monocoque with folding doors and hidden hinges, thanks to Cav. P.I. Battista Falchetto, Vincenzo's right arm factotum, the other of the rear differential with inboard brakes and transverse leaf, refinement, this, never seen before then if not in racing cars.
London Motor Show 1937, end of an exhibition day. Closing time. The lights are starting to go out, the crowd comes out slowly. The Aprilia is exposed a bit 'raised from the floor of the stand, on four pillars. While the staff is about to lay out the usual cover for the night cover on the car, I see two legs shaking convulsively under the car: a thief? A misfortune? A man crushed under the weight of Aprilia?
A dull grunt: the legs wriggle free, they come out, followed by a whole man, thin, witty eyes, a wiry and strongly wrinkled face: the clothes are mumbled: "C'est incroiable! C'est diabolique! ". He was Louis Renault. I team ever more spirited: "Ah, c'est vous" Japli "(recognizes me: twenty years before I had been his agent for southern Italy) .... et bien, vote Mr. Lancia était un sorcier, a véritable sorcier (a real sorcerer), only he could succeed in building a diabolical affair like this. Bon soir "!! And he disappears at great strides among the crowd that is starting at the exit.
(Testimony of Domenico Jappelli, Commercial Director, in Rivista Lancia No. 9/1962).