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People who find the strength to give away their well – payed job in pursuit of their true passion are rare. Fortunately, some of those who do become known through their accomplishments. Such is the case with Vicenzo Lancia who gave up his accounting career so that he could built cars and deliver the world some of the most advanced vehicles at the time.

Though some may say that 1906 was screaming with boredom in terms of entertaining and job opportunities compared to 2008, the beginning of the 20th century was arguably one of the most productive eras in history. Vicenzo Lancia was only 25 in 1906 when he founded his own car company with colleague Claudio Fogolin.

With a propensity for everything mechanical and a nearly unsurpassed skill in engine diagnosis and repair as well as experience as a test driver for Fiat, Vicenzo Lancia was set to develop a vehicle that would change the Italian's and maybe the world's perception on cars. In 1907, he revealed the Alpha, a car offensively innovative for its time. Apart from having been equipped with a sturdy, reliable and responsive engine, the Alpha was surprisingly light: Vicenzo had used a tubular structure for the car's front axle instead of solid steel like the car makers.

Six years later, Lancia would release the Theta, the first European automobile to have been fitted with a built-in electrical system. Before the 20's, Lancia had also patented two types of engines, a 45 º V8 and a massive and narrow 22º V 12. Such developments would lead to the launch of the spectacular Lambda in 1922, a model that was a sum of engineering and design breakthroughs. The Lambda had independent front suspension, floor-incorporated transmission tunnel and the world's first narrow V4 engine, to name just a few of the car's innovations.

By 1931, ride comfort had been upgraded to the extent of introducing flexible engine mountings on the Astura. Similar to the “floating engine” patented by Chrysler, the system used small rubber shock-absorbers to dampen noise and cut vibrations. The legacy of technological improvements and innovative patens would be carried on by the 1933 Augusta, a model equipped with hydraulic brakes, advanced front and rear brakes and a “wardrobe” door opening system. The latter did not make use of a central pillar and thus made car interior access and exiting very easy.

After the 1937 release of the Aprilia, Lancia went forth to take on racing. Commensurate with the company's cutting-edge engineering, results obtained in rallies throughout Italy and the rest of Europe introduced Lancia as the next great racing force. Benefitting from three fuel tanks, two external and a rear mounted one, behind the pilot, as well as full 4 wheel drive, Lancia's racing cars seemed as result of designs from the future.

Lancia would also borrow Ferrari its whole team of technicians as well as designs, aiding the Scuderia in winning the World F1 championship during the 50's. The 70's witnessed the birth of a racing legend, the Stratos. Its ultra-light body made of aluminum and plastic reinforced with fiber glass inspired the appearance of later models such as the Beta, the Rally 037 and the Delta S4, the latter having made use of composite construction materials and advanced twin turbocharging and four-wheel drive.

As many firsts Lancia have brought, its reputation started to decline during the 90's  due to low reliability claims. Ever since, the company has strived to make a comeback through the release of models such as the 95' release and the more recent Thesis, an elegant sedan claimed to be the epitome of driving comfort. Though the Thesis launch in 2002, the brand has partially returned to its core values, that of jaw-dropping elegant designs and under-bonnet near-perfection.
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LANCIA 2000 Coupe specs and photos

LANCIA 2000 Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1971 - 1974
LANCIA A112 specs and photos

LANCIA A112

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1982 - 1986
LANCIA A112 Abarth specs and photos

LANCIA A112 Abarth

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

1984 - 1986
LANCIA Alpha specs and photos

LANCIA Alpha

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1907 - 1909
LANCIA Aprilia specs and photos

LANCIA Aprilia

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1937 - 1939
LANCIA Ardea specs and photos

LANCIA Ardea

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

1945 - 1953
LANCIA Artena specs and photos

LANCIA Artena

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1934 - 1936
LANCIA Astura specs and photos

LANCIA Astura

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

1933 - 1937
LANCIA Augusta specs and photos

LANCIA Augusta

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1933 - 1937
LANCIA Beta specs and photos

LANCIA Beta

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

1975 - 1982
LANCIA Beta Coupe specs and photos

LANCIA Beta Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1973 - 1984
LANCIA Beta Montecarlo specs and photos

LANCIA Beta Montecarlo

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1974 - 1979
LANCIA Beta Spider specs and photos

LANCIA Beta Spider

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

1973 - 1982
LANCIA Dedra specs and photos

LANCIA Dedra

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

1995 - 1999
LANCIA Dedra Station Wagon specs and photos

LANCIA Dedra Station Wagon

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1994 - 1998
LANCIA Delta specs and photos

LANCIA Delta

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel · Natural gas

4 generations

2013 - 2014
LANCIA Delta HPE specs and photos

LANCIA Delta HPE

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1995 - 1998
LANCIA Dilambda specs and photos

LANCIA Dilambda

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1928 - 1933
LANCIA Flaminia Coupe specs and photos

LANCIA Flaminia Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1958 - 1967
LANCIA Flaminia Sedan specs and photos

LANCIA Flaminia Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1963 - 1970
LANCIA Flavia Convertible specs and photos

LANCIA Flavia Convertible

convertibles

Gasoline

2 generations

2013 - 2015
LANCIA Flavia Sedan specs and photos

LANCIA Flavia Sedan

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

1967 - 1970
LANCIA Fulvia Berlina specs and photos

LANCIA Fulvia Berlina

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

1969 - 1972
LANCIA Fulvia Coupe specs and photos

LANCIA Fulvia Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1965 - 1969
LANCIA Gamma specs and photos

LANCIA Gamma

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

1976 - 1980
LANCIA Gamma Coupe specs and photos

LANCIA Gamma Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1976 - 1980
LANCIA Kappa specs and photos

LANCIA Kappa

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1995 - 2000
LANCIA Kappa Coupe specs and photos

LANCIA Kappa Coupe

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1997 - 2000
LANCIA Kappa SW specs and photos

LANCIA Kappa SW

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1996 - 2000
LANCIA Lambda specs and photos

LANCIA Lambda

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1922 - 1931
LANCIA Lybra specs and photos

LANCIA Lybra

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1999 - 2005
LANCIA Lybra SW specs and photos

LANCIA Lybra SW

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1999 - 2005
LANCIA Musa specs and photos

LANCIA Musa

vans

Diesel · Gasoline · Natural gas

1 generation

2003 - 2012
LANCIA Phedra specs and photos

LANCIA Phedra

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2002 - 2010
LANCIA Prisma specs and photos

LANCIA Prisma

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1983 - 1990
LANCIA Stratos specs and photos

LANCIA Stratos

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1973 - 1975
LANCIA Thema specs and photos

LANCIA Thema

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2011 - 2014
LANCIA Thesis specs and photos

LANCIA Thesis

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2001 - 2009
LANCIA Theta specs and photos

LANCIA Theta

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1913 - 1919
LANCIA Trevi specs and photos

LANCIA Trevi

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

1981 - 1985
LANCIA Voyager specs and photos

LANCIA Voyager

vans

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2011 - 2015
LANCIA Ypsilon specs and photos

LANCIA Ypsilon

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel · Natural gas

5 generations

2015 - 2018
LANCIA Zeta specs and photos

LANCIA Zeta

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1994 - 2001