Lancia Zeta (1912)

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Lancia 12 HP
Also calledLancia Zeta
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Engine2,620 cc I4
Transmission2-speed manual, 2 final drives
Wheelbase2,850, 2,795 mm (112.2, 110.0 in)
Curb weight740 kg (1,631 lb) (chassis)

The Lancia 12 HP, later known as Lancia Zeta, is a passenger car produced by Lancia between 1912 and 1914. It was intended to be Lancia's smaller offering, positioned below the 4-litre 20/30HP Delta and Epsilon models. The Zeta did not prove a success, and production is estimated at just 34 examples (for comparison, 351 20/30 HP Epsilons were made in 1911–1912); none have survived.[1]


The Zeta was powered by a Tipo 59 side valve monobloc inline-four, displacing 2,620 cc, which produced 30 hp at 1,800 rpm.[1] Top speed was 100 km/h (62 mph).[1]

The separate body was built on a ladder frame; front and rear there were solid axles on semi-elliptic leaf springs. The brakes were drums on the rear wheels, with both lever and pedal actuation. The transmission was a 2-speed gearbox, which coupled to the two different sets of final drives at the rear axle effectively gave the car four speed; the clutch was of the multi-plate dry type.



  • Amatori, Franco; et al. (1992). Storia della Lancia — Impresa Tecnologie Mercati 1906–1969. Milan: Fabbri Editori. pp. 350–351.