This 1973 ‘vintage’ – Lancia Berlina 2000 i.e. Type: 820-416 boasts just 3 owners with one of them actually owning the car twice! Initially sold by a Düsseldorf Fiat/Lancia dealer who had the car for a year, they would register it on the 7th September 1973 it to its first owner who would retain the car for an incredible 40 years! Herr Wilhelm Baldus would become well known within the Lancia Club scene in Germany with the cars history file containing a lovely warm story about the man, his wife Irene and his beloved Lancia’s. (There were several). But it would be his Berlina that would bring much joy along with Lancia’s now infamous rust problems in equal measures. Within a year the rust had appeared and was subsequently repaired but, would return within a year again! Utterly disgusted by the work carried out, Herr Baldus, decided to store the car for almost 20 years preserving essentially the interior and the low kilometers that we see today. In 1995 the car would re-emerge and was immediately subjected to – this time – a quality full body restoration but, going forward, would still be driven sparingly. Herr Baldus sadly passed away in 2014 with his wife Irene tasked with disposing the cars. The second owner, known to Cathedral Classics, following lengthy discussions with Frau Baldus, successfully purchased the car in 2014 only to sell it one year later. Quickly realising his error, he would pursue the car to eventually buy it back in 2018. To the third owner’s credit, he had cosmetically improved the car once again to the wonderful condition we witness today. A comprehensive history file accompanies the car with numerous invoices from both the second and third owners makes fascinating reading not just for Lancia aficionados but, all classic car fans alike. An original sales brochure and Berlina Handbook add to the whole charm and history of this great example. With just 5475 Berlina 2000 i.e. examples ever built, this is an exceptional and indeed now rare car.