Lancia had established a reputation by building high quality cars of medium
size, but in 1932 the company introduced its first small car, the Augusta.
The innovative Lambda had a unitary body but the following Dilambda, Artena
and Astura all had a separate chassis. In designing the Augusta Lancia
returned to the Lambda concept and made a unitary body shell that was
a fully integrated part of the design. This time it was a closed model
with an overall length of only 3.81 metres. The sliding-pillar front suspension
and a narrow-V engine with overhead camshaft gave the Augusta the specifications
of a true Lancia, but also in build quality, brakes, and performance it
was on a level with the bigger models - probably even better because of
its light construction. It is a fantastic car to drive and Tazio Nuvolari,
perhaps the best racing driver ever, had an Augusta for private use.
In France the Augusta was built under license and sold as the Lancia Belna.
Technically it is identical, but in detail it varies considerably because
various parts were supplied by French manufacturers.
|A four door pillarless saloon of unitary
construction or a platform chassis for coachbuild cars.
V4 with an inclined angle of 18°15’, overhead camshaft,
1196 cc, 35 pk.
Four speed unsynchronised with freewheel.
Augusta 17.000, Belna 3.000 (approximately)
Top speed: 102 km/h.