1927 Lancia Lambda 7th Series

History

The Lancia Lambda was produced from 1922 through 1931. In 1919 the designing process begun and given a monocoque chassis, sliding pillar front suspension, four wheel brakes and a 'vee' four engine. The load-bearing monocoque body was an industry first, and would take the rest of the market thirty years to incorporate the design. Vincenzo Lancia had been inspired by ship designs and the load-bearing principles of the hull, which he incorporated into the vehicles design. The vehicles strength came from the driveshaft tunnel which formed the backbone of the car. This meant a heavy frame was not needed.

The Tipo 67 engine had overhead camshafts and displaced 2570cc's. With the help of Zenith Triple Diffuser carburetors, nearly 70 horsepower was ascertained. This was the most powerful engine to propel the Lambda, other options throughout the years included a 2119cc and 2370cc unit. The 2119cc engine had a 13-degree vee angle and produced about 50 horsepower. The 14-degree vee 2370cc unit improve horsepower by 10, to 59.

It only took a few years before Lancia was claiming to have 'The Best Medium Powered Car in the World.' They stated that this was accomplished because the cars were 'Not built to a price but as a masterpiece of advanced design and engineering skill - to satisfy the most discriminating Motorist who demands the utmost in quality, appearance and performance.'

The Lambda had a touring bodystyle but handling and performance characteristics of a sports car. To capitalize on the vehicles sporty characteristics, Lancia prepared a Mille Miglia (MM) version to race in the grueling Mille Miglia race. The company's efforts were rewarded with top ten finishes.

From 1922 through 1931, Lancia created over 11,000 examples of the Lambda in eight different series with three different iterations of the narrow V4 engine.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2007

1927 Vehicle Profiles

1927 Lancia Lambda 7th Series vehicle information

Albany Airway
Coachwork: Albany

Coachbuilt Lancia lambdas became more popular with the advent of the 7th and 8th Series chassis designs. In Britain Lambdas were available from James Young, Gurney Nutting, Corsica and the Albany Coachwork Company. This is the only surviving exampl....[continue reading]

1927 Lancia Lambda 7th Series vehicle information

Torpedo Tourer

Chassis Num: 17176LANC1A
Engine Num: 7203

This Lambda was completed at the Turin Lancia plant on May 6th of 1927 and delivered new to Australia. It has body style number 218, which indicates that it has a short wheelbase. There is still a dashboard plaque attached to the car from the dealer,....[continue reading]

1927 Lancia Lambda 7th Series vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Casaro

Chassis Num: 16140
Engine Num: 6185

This Lancia Lambda Short Wheelbase Roadster is a complete, unmolested and original automobile. It is a late, seventh series example with roadster coachwork with vanishing rumble seat from the local coachbuilder Casaro of Turin. Casaro also penned the....[continue reading]

Albany Airway by Albany
 
Torpedo Tourer
Chassis #: 17176LANC1A 
Roadster by Casaro
Chassis #: 16140 


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Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Lancia
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)
1924Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (264,868)Dodge (193,861)
1923Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (323,182)Buick (210,572)
1922Ford (1,147,028)Dodge (152,673)Chevrolet (138,932)

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