1926 LANCIA LAMBDA 6TH SERIES TORPEDO TOURER
Chassis no. 14656
Engine no. 4709
2,120cc SOHC V4 Engine
49bhp at 3,250 rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Sliding Pillar Independent Front Suspension Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
*Highly advanced technical specification for its era
*Believed to have lived in Italy for most of its life
*Pioneering independent sliding pillar front suspension
*One of approximately 11,200 Lambdas produced in 9 series
*Torpedo Tourer bodywork provides room for friends and family
THE LANCIA LAMBDA
One of the most gifted automobile engineers of all time, Vincenzo Lancia founded his own company in 1906, having previously been in FIAT's employ as chief test driver. Introduced in 1907, the first Lancia car showed an independence of thought and defiance of convention that would remain associated with the marque well into the modern era. Military vehicles, lorries, vans and aero engines followed, the latter enabling Lancia to accrue valuable expertise in the design and construction of vee-configuration engines. Lancia's first vee-engined model - the V8 Trikappa sports car - appeared in 1922 but it was the Lambda, launched soon after, that would prove to be of even greater significance.
A milestone in automotive history, the revolutionary Lambda was the world's first car to have a stress-bearing body and the first to be powered by a V4 engine. The absence of a separate chassis meant the driver could sit lower, enabling a low aerodynamic body line to be achieved, while Lancia's patented sliding-pillar independent front suspension endowed the Lambda with ride and handling qualities unmatched by anything in its class. The engine, an overhead-camshaft unit of 2,120cc, was progressively enlarged, arriving at its final 2,570cc, 68bhp configuration in 1928.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This Lambda, dating to 1926, represents the Lambda's sixth series. A copy of a "Declaration of Technical Characteristics" document from the Automotoclub Storico Italiano or ASI, dated October 29th, 1991, confirms the Lambda's date of production as 1926 and that it is fitted with the 2,120cc iteration of Lancia's famous V4 engine.
While the Lambda's early history is unknown at the time of cataloging, it seems plausible that it remained in Italy for much of its life, as it was living there in the early 1990s when the ASI released the aforementioned document. More recently, the Lambda Torpedo came to the United States.
It appears that Lambda was the recipient of a restoration some time ago; the body appears to have been repainted in the present blue, with nicely contrasting, black painted, correct 20" wire wheels and black tonneau cover. The interior upholstery was also redone some time ago; it features the correct and beautiful original gauges including a Jaeger MPH speedometer and clock, and Le Nivex fuel gauge.
Finished off with a full top and side curtains and a rear mounted spare, this Lambda is outfitted with all of the full weather accouterments one might desire on, say, a Peking-to-Paris road trip. While it is not known if this Lambda has seen significant use in recent years, and a thorough servicing before any serious use is a given, this Lambda offers an intriguing chance to acquire one of the most historically robust and technically advanced pre-war touring cars one of the Italian motoring industry's finest achievements to date.