1950 Lancia ArdeaPrice Upon Request


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In 1939, the Turin-based manufacturer presented a revolutionary new model, to which the famous engineer Vittorio Jano made a major contribution as soon as he arrived after starting his career at Alfa Romeo. The name "Ardea" comes from a very ancient city in Lazio. Even if the initial idea, to build a car with a small engine that would support the Lancia Aprilia came from Vincenzo Lancia, the first act of what would become the Ardea would be a patent, filed about two months after Vincenzo Lancia's death in the spring of 1937, for a new type of distribution. As for the bodywork, Mrs. Adèle Lancia and her collaborators had no doubt: it had to be precisely modelled on her elder, the Lancia Aprilia, which was praised by the public at the time. This model will prove to be a real technical gem but its launch was marred by the sad events of the moment. In November 1939, when the Lancia Ardea was presented to the Italian Head of Government, Duce Benito Mussolini, the spirit of war was already present. Traffic restrictions, fuel rationing, the climate was not at all what a car manufacturer could have expected for the launch of a new model.

The Lancia Ardea (type 250) is a small car with brilliant performance, whose four-door bodywork follows the lines of its predecessor Aprilia. In view of the excellent reception and commercial success of the Aprilia, whose characteristics and, above all, its very safe driving behaviour, the Lancia management has renewed the structure on this new model with a self-supporting steel body. The Ardea has a Lancia - tipo 100 - narrow 19° 54' V 4-cylinder engine, 903 cm3 - bore 65 mm x stroke 68 mm - which develops a power of 28.8 HP at an extraordinary speed of 4,600 rpm at the time. According to the principles laid down by Mr Lancia, the Ardea engine project - in addition to its technical innovation in camshaft technology - includes a very lightweight unit of 80 kg and compact dimensions. The Ardea's tests are being conducted by Luigi Gismondi, an expert in the field, who will initially use the Aprilia equipped with the new Ardea engine. As far as suspensions are concerned, despite the traditional Lancia concept with the front axle with independent wheels, coil springs and hydraulic dampers, we find a more classic rear axle with a rigid axle.

Despite its smaller dimensions, the Ardea's interior offers excellent habitability thanks to its antagonistic doors and the very advanced position of the engine. The car's performance made many people jealous because the power of this small engine combined with its low weight (800 kg) and unparalleled aerodynamic coefficient (0.38 Cx). The maximum speed exceeds 105 km/h and fuel consumption is less than 8 l/100 km. The Ardea sedan presented in November 1939, will be produced from December 14, 1939. The first copies were delivered in January 1940. The unfortunate episodes of the war, the bombardments of the production lines gave a first chaotic life to this model whose regular production really resumed only in February 1946. At the end of January 1948, the Ardea underwent a series of improvements such as the adoption of a 12-volt electrical circuit and modifications to the engine (compression ratio, carburettor adjustment). The production of the third series, officially presented at the Turin Motor Show on 15 September 1948, began on 5 August 1948 and featured new features such as the 5-speed gearbox (another worldwide Lancia initiative) and some bodywork alterations. The fourth and final series began on November 16, 1949 and included major engine modifications with a new aluminum cylinder head, a higher compression ratio, a new carburetor, an increase in power to 30 HP and some bodywork alterations. The production of the Ardea sedan will end in 1952 to make way for the new Appia. The total production is 22,730 copies of the sedan, 511 copies of the "Taxi-Roma" limousine and 8,730 copies of derived vehicles such as vans and vans.

Given the period during which Lancia Ardea was presented, it is illusory to seek participation in any competition whatsoever. His sporting career would not begin until 1946, the first year after the war when motor racing resumed. Its displacement of 903 cm3 will force it to race in the 751 - 1,100 cm3 class, and therefore to face its eternal rival the Fiat 1100. The Ardea will be used only very rarely in competition, but we find it in the list of cars that took part in the famous Mille Miglia where it is eligible. With only 4 owners and its original documents, not only will this small Lancia allow you to take part in the famous 1000km race, but it will also welcome your children during your Sunday walks. Very affordable and endearing, you are unlikely to find your neighbour driving the same car after school

Reference Number 583259

as of 7/9/2019

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Car 1950 Lancia Ardea
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue /      Beige 
Condition Exceptional 
Mileage 35.000 km 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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