Lancia Trikappa

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


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.



  • 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.