Lancia Augusta

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Lancia Augusta
Lancia Augusta, 1935.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Lancia
Also called Lancia Belna
Production 1933-1936
17 217 vehicles
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon
2-door cabriolet
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 1,196 cc Lancia V4
Transmission 4-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 265 cm (104.3 in)
Kerb weight 850 kg (1,874 lb)
Chronology
Successor Lancia Ardea

The Lancia Augusta was a small passenger car produced by Italian car manufacturer Lancia between 1933 and 1936. It made its première at the 1932 Paris Motor Show.[1] The car was powered by a 1196 cc Lancia V4 engine.


During the 1920s, Lancia had been known as producers of sports cars and middle sized sedans: the smaller Augusta represented a departure from that tradition, and contributed to a significant growth in Lancia's unit sales during the 1930s. Nevertheless, in terms of volumes sold, the Augusta was overwhelmed by Fiat's much more aggressively priced 508 Ballila.

Lancia Belna[edit]

Lancia started its French operations on October 1, 1931. At its first factory outside of Italy, at Bonneuil-sur-Marne, Lancia built the Augusta and later Aprilia models, although named them Belna and Ardennes. Approximately 3,000 Augusta/Belna and 1,500 Aprilia/Ardennes were built.

Of the approximately 3,000 Belnas built between 1934 and 1938, 2,500 were saloons and 500 bare chassis.

Georges Paulin had invented the retractable hardtop and subsequently sold it to French coachbuilder Marcel Pourtout. Carrosserie Pourtout built several models based on the French-built Lancia Belna.

Lancia Belna Cabriolet 1935 Pourtout
Lancia Belna Roadster Pourtout
Lancia Pourtout

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farinelli, Aldo (6 October 1932). "Le nuove creazioni dell'industria italiana al XXVI Salon di Parigi". La Stampa (in Italian). p. 4. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

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