1926 LANCIA LAMBDA S.7
UNIBODY CONSTRUCTION & INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION
Production Years: 1922-1931
Number Produced: 11,000
The Lambda is possibly the most important car ever built by Lancia. It boasts a remarkable list of firsts: it was the very first car to have a monocoque chassis, the first production car to be powered by a highly successful narrow-angle SOHC V-4 engine, and the first car to have fully independent strut front suspension and four wheel brakes.
The designs were so ahead of their time it created a rare sight of such a large sedan immediately dominant in the under 3 liter class of Italian road racing.
The open Torpedo body shown here on a 1st Series chassis was the only design available for some time. Closed coachwork was difficult to build on the unitary chassis, although hardtops could be ordered. Between 1923 and 1931, over 11,000 Lancia Lambdas were built. Approximately 400 of these were in the 1st Series.
Our 1926 has a 14-degree angle aluminum engine with an overhead camshaft and displaces 2370cc’s. With the help of Zenith Triple Diffuser carburetors, 59 horsepower is produced. Other options throughout the years included two 13-degree vee angle motors of 2119cc and 2570cc. The 2119cc engine produced about 49 horsepower and the 2570cc unit improved horsepower to 69.