APPIA 1953 – 1963,
Little sister of the great Aurelia
The Appia is the smaller sister to the Aurelia, but with no concessions
to quality and refinement. It is very similar in styling but with an
1100 cc narrow-V engine and a live rear axle supported on leaf springs.
The Appia engine is one of the most compact engines Lancia ever made.
With an included angle of only 10°14’ and by using a crankshaft
supported on only two main bearings, the cylinders could be placed even
closer together. Two camshafts are fitted high in the crankcase activating
the inclined valves via pushrods and rockers. Although the Appia lacks
the glamour of the Aurelia, commercially it was much more important
for Lancia and the Vatican bought a small fleet of them for its clerics.
Unlike the Fulvia, the Appia’s successor, relatively few coupe’s
were built on the Appia platform. Pininfarina made a Coupé with
a distinctive V-shaped B pillar (a very clever design) and Vignale made
the Convertible and the very rare Lusso. Most striking are the Zagato-designed
GT, GTE and Sport with an aluminium body. But the elegant Zagatos were
not as successful in motor sport as the Aurelia was. The smaller Appia
engine was invariably outclassed by Alfa Romeo with their 1300 cc Giulietta.
Four door pillarless saloon of unitary
construction, platform chassis for coachbuild cars.
V4 with an inclined angle of 10°14’, two camshafts fitted
high in the sump, 1090 cc, 38 - 43 pk for Berlina, up to 60 pk for
Sport, Coupé and Cabriolet.
Four speed, 2/3/4 synchronised.
155-15, 3th series Berlina 155-14.
2480 mm, from 2nd series 2510 mm, Zagato Sport 2350 mm.
820 - 920 kg, GTE 810 kg.
Berlina 120-132 km/h, other models up to 160 km/h.