The Lancia Stratos was built as a rally winner first and a road car second. Fiat-owned Lancia took the bold step of designing an all-new car solely to win the World Rally Championship, and with a V6 Ferrari Dino engine on board, the Stratos had success in 1974, ’75, and ’76. Rallying rules demanded that … [Read more…]
Beauty is more than just skin deep on this lovely little Lancia, for underneath those lean Pininfarina loins the Aurelia’s innards bristle with innovative engineering. For a start there is the compact alloy V6. Designed under Vittorio Jano, the man responsible for the great racing Alfas of the Twenties and Thirties, this free-revving, torquey little … [Read more…]
The Lancia Delta appeared in 1979 and this small family car’s first generation would be around until 1994, proving to be a great commercial success. Road cars always did well on the back of Lancia’s legendary rallying prowess — established in the 1960s with the Fulvia and continued in the 1970s with the Stratos — … [Read more…]
The Lancia Stratos HF (HF = High Fidelity) was developed for the purpose of rallying, and very successful this extraordinary machine proved to be. Lancia had enjoyed great success on the rally circuit during the 1960s, but the Fulvia coupe was starting to struggle and a new contender was required. Happily, the recent takeover of … [Read more…]
The takeover of Lancia by all-conquering Fiat led to some strange anomalies — one of which was undoubtedly the appearance of the Lancia Montecarlo in 1975. This mid-engined sports car came in two versions — a two-door coupe and a two-door convertible, the latter with an unusual roll-back targa-style top operated by hand.
The 1963 Geneva Motor Show saw the introduction of a car that would win its spurs in the competitive world of international rallying and enjoy long life and considerable fortune as a road car. But for all that it couldn’t prevent its parent from being consumed by Fiat in 1969, though happily the proud Lancia … [Read more…]
Before and after World War II, Lancia never introduced a new car without an accompanying strategy to develop a series. The company was expert at demographic subdivision, and ultra-sensitive to the sudden shifts in public taste. The Aurelia series as a whole, and the Aurelia B20 GT in particular, typified the success of their vision.