November 29, 1906 – Lancia is founded

A group of Fiat racing drivers, including Vincenzo Lancia, and his friend Claudio Fogolin, founded Lancia & C. Fabbrica Automobili on this day in 1906 in Turin, Italy. They found success with their first vehicle, the Tipo 51, a 12 hp vehicle that remained in production from 1907 through 1912. Lancia was known for innovation and became the first manufacturer to offer production V4 and V6 engines, as well as independent suspension. By the end of the 1960s Lancia was losing great sums of money. Fiat bid to take over the company and it was sold to them. The company was reorganized and found great success in the marketplace after many dominating rally racing performances throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Today Lancia is still owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and in 2015 saw a production output of 61,652 vehicles. Pics:1909 Lancia Beta Torpedo – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia(dot)org/w/index.php?curid=625173Lancia Delta S4 Group B rally car – By Basketofkittens at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia(dot)org/w/index.php?curid=4794342

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