Lancia celebrates innovative history at Retromobile 2012
Lancisti, parents and fathers! Thou shall tell your childeren about the famous Lancia from Turin, albeit maybe unknown to these littles, and the magnificent innovations it has introduced, spread thine knowledge and passion! At the Rétromobile Show in Paris (1-5 February), Lancia has celebrated some (technological) highlights with the Lambda and the Fulvia.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Lancia started its life as a car manufacturer and around 105 years later one of Italy’s oldest and prestigious car brands came to ‘Porte de Versailles’ in Paris with a reason. The legendary Lamda, an impressive limousine dating back to 1922 has become 90 years old. It is one of Lancia’s technological milestones. Thanks to the entrepeneurial spirit of Vincenzo Lancia, the Lambda was the first car with a ‘monocoque’ construction (a chassis made out of one piece), independant front suspension and dampers, a transmission with a tunnel construction in the interior, a V-shaped 4 cylinder engine and last but not least a built-in suit case department. The legendary Lambda then has put the standard for the modern car.
The exquisite Lancia Fulvia Coupé 1.6 HF was also present, Chivasso’s first rally hero and celebrated its 40th birthday. Besides the succes of the Stratos rally car, the Fulvia has won the WRC championship a massive 10 times. Sadly though it has been almost 20 years ago when they’ve won this championship for the last time. Another rally icon the 037 on the basis of the Lancia Beta Montecarolo was also present in Paris. It celebrated another 30 years of Lancia history, while the actual Beta Montecarlo celebrates its 40th birthday. With such an interesting history, there is always a reason to celebrate something that has to do with Lancia.