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Once upon a time, Lancia automobiles used to be sold here in the United States. While they may no longer be exported here, and are actually only sold now in its home country of Italy, that doesn’t mean people still don’t own these beautiful machines or need replacement parts. Because of this exclusivity, finding new aftermarket Lancia parts is a hassle. At 1A Auto, it is our mission to supply you with the right parts you need to keep your Lancia car working in tip top shape, at a great discount. Simply put, if you are in need of a replacement part for your Lancia you've come to the right place. You'll find a large selection of new, high quality aftermarket Lancia auto parts, such as dash pad covers.

Our product development team spends over 8,000 hours a year researching the best auto parts, and they are carefully selected by our trained engineers so you can rest assured that you are getting the correct, high quality part you need for your car, at a discount price. If we wouldn't put the part in our own vehicles, we won't sell them to anyone else. A new aftermarket replacement Lancia part from 1A Auto will save you 30-50% on average over a comparable new OEM replacement Lancia part that you would get at a dealership, and our new aftermarket Lancia parts are also extremely durable and reliable. Don't overpay for Lancia auto parts and save yourself from a lot of potential headaches by shopping at 1A Auto.

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Look no further than 1A Auto for your aftermarket, original equipment (OE) replacement, and new Lancia auto parts and get your car the parts it needs today from Lancia enthusiasts just like you! If you happen to be an enthusiastic Lancia owner, have a deep passion for Lancia vehicles, or just want to learn more about the automobile manufacturer, continue reading below for a detailed look at the brand's history and some of its past and present models.

Overview

Lancia Automobiles S.p.A., commonly referred to simply as "Lancia," is an Italian automotive brand originally founded in 1906 and now owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (formerly Fiat S.p.A.). The company only exported vehicles to the U.S. market for a short period of time, withdrawing completely in 1982. The company no longer exports cars outside its home market of Italy.

Contents

1. Origin
2. The Birth of Lancia Co.
3. Post War Period
4. Fiat's Acquisition
5. Lancia Today

Origin

Lancia’s history begins in the year 1906 when Vincenzo Lancia founded Lancia & Co. in Turin, Italy. Lancia was educated in bookkeeping at the Turin Technical School and was later brought in the a company called Welleyes Bicycles as a bookkeeper. The business repaired and traded imported bicycles, and in 1899 developed its first motor car. Not long after, the firm would be purchased by Fiat S.p.A., and Lancia found himself promoted to a chief inspector position at a new factory. This later lead to a test driving position, and it wasn’t long before he became one of the key drivers of Fiat’s Racing Team. Lancia won his first race, and it would lead to a series of records and wins throughout his ten year career.

Lancia had his own plans in mind though, and he and his fellow friend who was also a test driver for Fiat, Claudio Fogolin, went on to found Lancia & Co. in 1906.

The Birth of Lancia & Co.

Lancia’s first model was named the Tipo 51 (later renamed the Lancia Alfa 12 HP). The Alfa abandoned the high and heavy chassis for a lighter version and included u-joints rather than a chain transmission. It was so large that a door had to be knocked down to reveal it. It could reach up to 56 mph and kicked 10 to 12 horsepower with a 4-cylinder engine that, for the time, had high power and revolution speed. Lancia began full-fledged production of the vehicle in 1908.

Many other Lancia models would follow in the tradition of the Alfa to be named after letters in the Greek alphabet in the subsequent years, such as the Theta, Lambda, Didelta, and Gamme, to name a few. In addition to passenger cars, from the very beginning of its existence Lancia also produced a wide range of vans, buses, military vehicles, and trucks like the Jota which was Lancia’s very first truck (produced in 1915) and led to the production of a series of trucks with the same name. The company formed Lancia Veicoli Industriali in 1912 for the production of these various types of vehicles. Lancia slowly withdrew from the production of commercial vehicles during the late 1960s, however, ceasing production entirely in the early 1970s not long after Fiat S.p.A. acquired Lancia. Some industrial models were transferred to Iveco, an Italian industrial vehicle manufacturing company that Fiat created in 1974 as a result of the merger of a few different companies.

Lancia remained a test driver for Fiat in the early going of the companies’ formation, but now just for his own products; he eventually gave up racing altogether in 1910. His last race was rightfully with a Lancia car. Lancia’s strive for innovation also lead to several manufacturing patents and designs, such as an independent wheel suspension, the V engine, V cylinder combustion engine, the V8 combustion engine, adjustable steering wheel, and front axle independent wheels.

The Dialfa, introduced in 1908, had one of the first inline 6-cylinder engines in a car. The Beta was also released in the following year. The 1911 Eta had a speed of 75 mph. And the Theta in 1913 had an electrical system that was used to start the engine and provide lighting. It was a huge step, as the car pushed away from the use of fueled lamps and began to drift towards the use of electronics.

As it did for other automotive companies, the onset of WWI prompted Lancia to halt production in aid of the war. It helped manufacture military vehicles such as the IZ/IZM, iota, and Dim by providing key components like the chassis. Right after the war, in 1922, Lancia revealed an impressive car: the Lambda. The Lambda had an independent front suspension, simplified steering, and monocoque construction, which is similar to the common unibody design. 

By the late 1920s and early 1930s Lancia manufactured custom-built bodies for its customers. It released the Di-Lamba, which abandoned the monocoque design and used a V8 instead of the Lambda’s V4. These models were built on a rolling chassis for easier and more practical assembly; and this type of manufacturing lead to models such as the Artena, Astura, and Augusta – all cars with suicide doors. The Augusta was available as a four-door sedan or a two-door convertible.

The company then revealed the Aprilia, a model known for its aerodynamic styling and four-wheeled rear torsion bar suspension with rear brakes. It could reach up to 48 horsepower at 4300 rpm, and it returned to the early unibody design. It also had an aluminum V4 engine and featured a pillar-less body. Sadly, Vincenzo passed away on February 15, 1936, but his son Gianni, along with Vincenzo’s wife, took the reins of the company.

Post War Period

With WWII approaching, the company created a factory in Bolzano and eventually moved all operations out of Turin. The first car to return was the Ardea, which first appeared in 1939. It came with a V4 and five-speed transmission, and could reach up to 70 mph. It was light, which helped with production costs and performance. It eventually reached up to 30 horsepower in the 1940s, with aluminum cylinder heads. Then came the Aurelia - a car decorated in aluminum and equipped with a V6, vertical pillar independent front suspension, rear differential, and a rear mount assembly. It could reach up to 80 horsepower with a 105 maximum speed. It was the first all-new Lancia car since Vincenzo’s death, and it even came with a GT version.

Then, true to Vincenzo's roots, a racing program was established in the 1950s. The program turned out to be wildly successful on the track.  The 024, a speedy little car that could reach 265 horsepower, took part in many races and won several for the company.

Then, on the brink of a financial crisis, the Pesenti family took over control of the company from the Lancia family in 1956. Shrunken considerably in size, the company aimed to sell expensive cars with high quality. They went back to the drawing board and revealed the Flaminia for 1956. The Flaminia strayed from the independent front suspension but was equipped with a V6 and a rear mounted transmission. Like many of their older cars, the Flaminia was desired for its easy remodeling and changeable perks. The restructure also lead to cars like the Flavia and the Fulvia. The Fulvia was known as a small front-wheel drive sedan and came with a 60 horsepower V4. Unfortunately a heavy sales tax on new cars may have helped lead to another financial crisis, though the Fulvia continued to participate in races in its later years. Eventually, Lancia sold its efforts to Fiat S.p.A. in 1969.

Fiat's Acquisition

This was not the end of the distinctive Lancia brand however. In the 1970s, Fiat oversaw Lancia’s return to the Greek alphabet in the naming of its models. The first model released under their control was the Beta. It came as a sedan or a coupe and was fairly popular. Lancia even took another shot at the U.S. market in 1975 with the car, as well as with other models like the Scorpion. While Lancia had exported some models to the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, 1975 marked the official date of entrance to the market. Unfortunately, Fiat later decided to pull its own vehicles, along with those of Lancia, from the U.S. market in 1982.

The Scorpion, also known as the Delta, would become one of Lancia’s greatest rally cars outside of the U.S., however. The art of rallying, which was an opportunity to show off a car's speed, performance, and durability, led to a fairly successful decade of business for the brand in the 1970s in Europe. Their growing reputation was aided with cars like the Gamma, Stratos, and Montecarlo, and one of their most exciting cars, the Stratos, came with a Ferrari inspired Dino V6 engine in 1973 and participated as a rally car for the company as well. It came with Lancia’s signature all-wheel suspension and brakes, proving that Fiat had no intention to change or alter Lancia’s initial vision with high-end cars. The Montecarlo’s 4-cylinder engine with a five speed transmission that also came as a semi-convertible. However, Fiat merged Alfa Romeo after Fiat's acquisition in 1986, and Lancia helped form Alfa Lancia S.p.A. in 1987.

In the 1980s Lancia had to recall defective Lancia Beta models from owners due to corrosion issues. Lanica decided to no longer sell their vehicles in the right hand drive market, aside from its home base of Italy. It also dropped out of other left hand drive markets in the years to come as well, like the United Kingdom, which it stopped exporting to in 1995.

The 1990s brought a change into a semi-luxury brand, offering models such as the Dedra HF Turbo and the Kappa, and by the 2000s kept all of the common perks like keyless entry as well as massage seats and a solar powered sunroof on the Thesis.

Lancia Today

In 2007, Fiat S.p.A reorganized its automobile business again and Fiat Auto S.p.A became Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. The renamed subsidiary included five companies as part of the restructuring: Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A., Lancia Automobiles S.p.A., Fiat Automobiles S.p.A., Fiat Professional (light commercial vehicles) and Abarth & C S.p.A. The Fiat Group’s other automotive companies, Ferrari S.p.A. and Maserati S.p.A, each would operate independently under ownership of Fiat S.p.A.

Another major event would shake up Fiat in 2009. In April of that year, Chrysler LLC filed for bankruptcy. On June 10, 2009, Chrysler LLC emerged from a Chapter 11 restructuring overseen by the U.S. government, with the majority of all of Chrysler's assets being sold to what was called "New Chrysler", which became Chrysler Group LLC in alliance with and owned in part by Fiat. The U.S. government lent support to the deal in the form of 6.6 billion US dollars in financing, which was paid out to the "Old Chrysler,” formerly Chrysler LLC, and now a company called Old Carco LLC. Initially after the bankruptcy proceedings were complete, Fiat only owned 20% of the new Chrysler Group LLC company.

In 2011, Fiat’s stake in Chrysler was increased to over half when it bought the shares of Chrysler that were being held by the U.S. Treasury and Canada. In January of 2014, Fiat S.p.A. purchased the remaining 41.5% of Chrysler Group LLC from the United Auto Workers, taking complete ownership, and announced that it would be reorganizing and merging into a new holding company. In July of 2014, Fiat announced that Fiat S.p.A. (which now wholly owned the Chrysler Group) would be merged into Fiat Investments N.V., a new Netherlands based company. Fiat Investments would then be renamed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and would become the new holding company of the Fiat Group, once shareholders approved which it was in August.

In October, the merger was approved and Fiat S.p.A. and Chrysler Group LLC were officially merged together to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). It was established as a Netherlands-based holding company with its global headquarters located in the United Kingdom, with two wholly owned automotive subsidiaries under its control: Fiat Group Automobiles, which houses Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat (Fiat’s own branded cars), Fiat Professional and Lancia, and Chrysler Group, which houses Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram Trucks. FCA also continued its direct ownership of other former Fiat S.p.A. companies, such as luxury car manufacturer Maserati and Mopar, a components manufacturer.

Today, Lancia has returned to its original roots and has been designated as an Italian-only brand by FCA.

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