1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider


Lancia Motor Cars Through the Years

A Glimpse of Lancia Motor Cars Through the Years

Lancia was an Italian automobile manufacturer founded in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia as Lancia & C.. It became part of the Fiat Group in 1969; the current company, Lancia Automobiles, was established in 2007. The company has a strong rally heritage and is noted for using letters of the Greek alphabet for its model names. Lancia vehicles are no longer sold outside Italy and comprise only the Ypsilon supermini range, as the late Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne foreshadowed in January 2014 until his death in 2018.

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Throughout the years, Fiat has acquired various different automakers: it procured Lancia in 1968, and in 1969, became a Ferrari shareholder, took over Alfa Romeo from the Italian government in 1986, bought Maserati in 1993, and in 2014, became  the total owner of Chrysler Group LLC. Fiat Group presently manufactures twelve brands of vehicles: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Ram Trucks, and SRT

Lancia Lambda (1922-1931)

1923 Lancia Lambda Torpedo 1931 Lancia Lambda The Lancia Lambda is an innovative automobile produced from 1922 through 1931. It was the first car to feature a load-bearing unitary body, (but without a stressed roof) and it also pioneered the use of an independent suspension (the front sliding pillar with coil springs). Vincenzo Lancia even invented a shock absorber for the car and it had excellent four wheel brakes. Approximately 11,200 Lambdas were produced. Nine versions of the Lambda were built:

Lancia Aurelia (1950-1959)

1950 Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupe 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider 1959 Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupe The Lancia Aurelia was produced by Lancia from 1950 to the summer of 1959. It is noted for using the first series-production V6 engine. Several body styles were offered: 4-door saloon, 2-door GT coupé (B20), 2-door spider/convertible (B24), and a chassis to be custom bodied by external coachbuilders.

The very first Aurelias were the B10 berlinas (sedans). They used a 1754 cc version of the V6 which produced 56 hp (42 kW). The B21 was released in 1951 with a larger 1991 cc 70 hp (52 kW) engine. A 2-door B20 GT coupé appeared that same year. It had a shorter wheelbase and a Ghia-designed, Pininfarina-built body. The same 1991 cc engine produced 75 hp (56 kW) in the B20. In all, 500 first series Aurelias were produced.

Lancia Flaminia (1957-1970)

1957 Lancia Flaminia 1963 Lancia Flaminia Sport The Lancia Flaminia is a luxury car produced by Lancia from 1957 to 1970. It was Lancia's flagship model at that time, replacing the Aurelia. It was available throughout its lifetime as saloon, coupé and cabriolet. The Flaminia coupé and convertible were coachbuilt cars with bodies from several prestigious Italian coachbuilders. Four "presidential" stretched limousine Flaminias were produced by Pininfarina for use on state occasions.

Lancia Thema (1986-2014)

1988 Lancia Thema 2015 Lancia Thema Starting in the 2011 model year and ending in early 2014, the Chrysler 300C was sold in Europe's left hand drive markets as the Lancia Thema, and as a right hand drive Chrysler 300C in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Lancia Voyager (2007-2015)

2016 Lancia Voyager Chrysler Voyagers sold in continental Europe were rebranded as the Lancia Voyager.

Lancia Ypsilon (1995-present)

1996 Lancia Ypsilon 2013 Lancia Ypsilon Elfantino 2018 Lancia Ypsilon The Lancia Ypsilon is a supermini manufactured by Lancia, and is the marque's sole product offered for commercial sale. The Ypsilon was first released in 1995. It is the replacement of the Y10 and is larger and more expensive. Between 1995 and 2005 Lancia produced more than 870,000 Ypsilons in the Melfi plant in the Potenza region.

The third generation Ypsilon was sold as the Chrysler Ypsilon in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan. In March 2015, Fiat Group announced that in 2017, the Chrysler brand would be discontinued in the United Kingdom, where the Ypsilon sold only 2,000 units in 2014. It is also no longer sold in Japan. With the discontinuation of both the Lancia Voyager and Lancia Thema branding on Chrysler-built vehicles in 2015, the Ypsilon is the sole commercial offering from Lancia, and it is available mainly in the domestic Italian market.

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