Lancia Lambda, 1926
The Lancia Lambda was an innovative automobile produced from 1922 through 1931. It was the first car to feature a load-bearing monocoque-type body, and it also pioneered the use of an independent suspension (the front sliding pillar with coil springs). Lancia even invented a shock absorber for the car. Approximately 11,200 Lambdas were produced.
The narrow-angle aluminum Lancia V4 engine was also notable. All three displacements shared the same long 120 mm stroke, and all were SOHC designs with a single camshaft serving both banks of cylinders.
* 2119 cc (75 mm bore, 13° vee), 49 hp (36.5 kW) at 3250 rpm
* 2370 cc (79.37 mm bore, 14° vee), 59 hp (44 kW) at 3250 rpm
* 2568 cc (82.55 mm bore, 13°40' vee), 69 hp (51.5 kW) at 3500 rpm