Lancia Aprilia

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Lancia Aprilia Berlina (1937)
Lancia Aprilia Berlina (1937)
Production period: 1937-1949
Class : Middle class
Body versions : Sedan , coupe , convertible
Petrol engines : 1.35–1.5 liters
(35–36 kW)
Length: 3960 mm
Width: 1470-1530 mm
Height: 1455 mm
Wheelbase : 2750 mm
Empty weight : 900 kg
Previous model Lancia Artena
successor initially without
Lancia Flavia (1960)

The Lancia Aprilia was an automobile manufacturer's Lancia produced and was from 1937 to 1949 in a quantity of 27,636 vehicles. The car was offered as a four-door sedan as well as a coupé from various external coachbuilders, a total of 7,554 "Aprilias" were coupés.

The Aprilia remained without a clear successor. The Lancia Ardea , which had been introduced in 1939 and was produced until 1953, was significantly smaller, the Lancia Aurelia , introduced in 1950, was larger than the Aprilia. It was not until 1960 that a car of comparable size appeared again with the Lancia Flavia .


The body of the car was tested in the wind tunnel of the Politecnico di Torino and optimized on the basis of the findings. The model, which was the last vehicle that was developed with the participation of Vicenzo Lancia, was presented in 1937. At first, sales were sluggish, as innovations such as the rear independent suspension aroused reservations. Only when there were no problems did the sales increase.

Although Italy switched from left-hand traffic to right-hand traffic between 1924 and 1926, the vehicle continued to be manufactured as a right-hand drive.

Production numbers

year number of pieces
1937 5,128
1938 6,142
1939 4,591
1940 1,288
1941 967
1942 395
1943 82
1944 6th
1945 85
1946 1.310
1947 1.956
1948 2,663
1949 2,995
diff. Za 29
All in all 27,637

Production continued during the Second World War, but sank to a few copies between 1943 and 1945.

The main competitor in the Italian market was the Fiat 1500 during the entire production period .


In Tintin's comic adventures , a Lancia Aprilia appears in “ Im Reiche des Schwarzen Goldes ” (and later the successor Lancia Aurelia in “ The Bee Case ”).


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