Lancia 1931


Lambda (V4 sohc 13°6’, 2568cc 69 KM) – discountinued
Dilambda (V8 sohc, 3960 cm³, 100 KM) (383 ex.)
 series I - end of prod.
 series II – new model
Artena (V4, 1925 cm3, 55 KM) – new model – Paris (October)
Astura (V8, 2604 cm3,72 KM) – new model – Paris (October) 

Artena and Astura chassis – October

Artena chassis

Astura chassis


Zakończyła się produkcja jednego z najbardziej nowatorskich samochodów ubiegłego dziesięciolecia. Lancia Lambda została zaprezentowana w 1922 roku i była pierwszym seryjnym autem z samonośnym nadwoziem. Miała niezależne przednie zawieszenie i niezwykły, widlasty, czterocylindrowy silnik. Powstało 13 tysięcy egzemplarzy w dziewięciu seriach: serie I do V: 4.200, seria VI: 1.300, seria VII: 1.300, serie VIII i IX: 4.403 szt. Silniki stopniowo powiększano z 2119cc V4 sohc 49 KM, 2370cc V4 sohc 59 KM do 2568cc V4 sohc 69 KM.
Artena i Astura to nowe modele o podobnej do poprzedników, lecz nieco uproszczonej ze względu na koszty koncepcji konstrukcyjnej. Astura jest bardziej luksusową wersją Arteny.

The production of the new Artena started on 2nd of September. This model is powered by 4-cylinder vee (17 degrees) engine delivering 54 bhp. The wheelbase is 299 cm. It was introduced together with Astura which have basically the same chassis with the wheel base extended to 317.7 cm and V8 powerplant. By the end of the year 210 examples of Artena were made and only 2 of Astura.

A particulary interesting exhibit at this year's Motor Salon in Paris is the stand of Lancia & Co of Turin who are showing two new models, a 2-liter 'four' and a small 'eight' of only 2600 cc. Both these new chassis are of typical Lancia design, that is radically different fron the ordinary run of cars. Like all Lancia models, and particulary the famous 'Dilambda', two types of which are also shown, the new chassis, distinguished by the somewhat peculiar but harmonius names of 'Artena' and 'Astura', display every sign of having been designed and built by a motoring enthusiast for car connoisseur, and Vincenzo Lancia is nothing if not an enthusiast.
Motor Italia, October 1931

Dilambda model 227 was joined by the shorter version 229 with a 329 cm wheel base instead of 347.5 cm. Total production of series I: model 227 (1928/31) – 879, model 229 (1931) - 225 examples.

The production of one of the most innovative cars of the last decade – Lambda was end of prod. this year. First presented in 1922 the car had unitary construction body and chassis, independent front suspension and an unusual, very narrow vee-four engine. About 13.000 were built in nine series: series I to V: 4.200, series VI: 1.300, series VII: 1.300, series VIII i IX: 4.403 szt. The engine capacity rose from 2119cc V4 sohc 49 bhp, 2370cc V4 sohc 59 bhp to 2568cc V4 sohc 69 bhp.



Artena – pre-production prototype














Lancia Dilambda z nadwoziem Pinin Farina.

Lancia Dilambda Coupé

Dilambda II series



  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
16-21.01.1931 Rallye Monte Carlo 2 124 Eda Jardine Lambda 14th 1st Ladies Cup
          177 D. Willoughby-Osborne   21st  
12.04.1931 Mille Miglia 3 3 3 81 Giacosa / Storari Dilambda 21st +3.0 3rd
        84 Carini / Scesa Lambda 27th 3.0 05th
        139 Coda / Caligaris Lambda 39th 3.0 07th
Coupe des Alpes   1   E.H. Scholten   7th  
05.07.1931Spa 24 Hours 1 1 0   Hertzberger / Guillaume   acc.  



Lancia Lambda at Rally Monte Carlo. Eda Jardine won Ladies Cup in over 1100cc class.