Lancia Trikappa

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Lancia Trikappa
Lancia Trikappa coupé de ville.jpg
Lancia Trikappa coupé de ville
Overview
Manufacturer Lancia
Production 1922–1925
Body and chassis
Class Luxury car
Body style Torpedo
Coupé de ville
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 4,594 cc V8
Transmission 4-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,385 mm (133.3 in)
Curb weight 1,360 kg (2,998 lb) (chassis)
Chronology
Successor Lancia Dilambda

The Lancia Trikappa is a passenger car produced by Lancia between 1922 and 1925. It was a luxury car, the flagship of Lancia's production. With only 14 degrees between the banks, the Trikappa 4.5-litre V8 was the first of Lancia's typical narrow V engines. In total 847 were manufactured.[1]

Lancia had been experimenting with V engines since the First World War, even showcasing a chassis with a narrow V 12-cylinder engine at the 1919 Paris Motor Show. In the end V12 engined cars were estimated to be too expensive to produce and a V8 was used instead.

Specifications[edit]

The Trikappa was powered by a 4,594 cc Tipo 68 14° V8, with a single overhead camshaft and two parallel valves per cylinder.[1] It produced 98 hp at 2,500 rpm, allowing the Trikappa to reach a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).[1] In addition to the narrow V engine, another first for Lancia were brakes on all four wheels. The first examples produced left the factory with rear wheel brakes only and were upgraded later.[1]

The rest of the mechanicals were as on the other Lancia models: ladder frame, solid axles front and rear on semi-elliptic springs, and a 4-speed gearbox with a triple-plate dry clutch.

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Frostick, Michael (1976). Lancia. ISBN 0-901564-22-2. 
  • Amatori, Franco et al. (1992). Storia della Lancia — Impresa Tecnologie Mercati 1906–1969. Milan: Fabbri Editori. pp. 352–353.