LANCIA APRILLA (1936-49)
4-door saloon, various specials.
Showing the rest of Europe the way ahead. Unitary construction, all-round independent suspension and hydraulic brakes (inboard at the rear) are part of the package, along with the compact alloy-block ohc V4, but what sets it apart is its excellent interior space. Second series (1939) has the larger engine, and some of the coachbuilt cars are lovely. Always 'crash' gearbox.
1352cc/1486cc (V4 OC)
Front engine, rear-wheel drive
1936 to 1949
27,635 including special-bodied cars; also approx 620 French-assembled cars