Lancia Theta Torpedo Coloniale, 1917
|Class :||Upper class|
|Body versions :||Touring car , Phaeton , limousine|
Otto engine :
4.9 liters (51 kW)
|Wheelbase :||3100-3378 mm|
|Empty weight :||1060 kg|
|Previous model||Lancia Epsilon|
The Lancia Theta is an automobile made by Lancia and was produced from 1913 to 1918. It is a revision of the Lancia Epsilon . The name followed the manufacturer's nomenclature, naming the cars according to the Greek alphabet. The chassis was available with two wheelbases, the most popular body shape , the Lancia Theta Torpedo Coloniale , in the torpedo shape customary at the time.
The Theta was the first car in Europe to have a 6 volt electrical system from Charles Kettering and was also the first car with a starter and a lighted cockpit. The installation of the starter was initiated by Vincenzo Lancia , who wanted to get rid of the annoying cranking before driving. Other patents that were used for the first time were a three-way adjustable steering column , a chain-operated gear brake and a new type of drum brake .
The drive was less innovative, a four-cylinder engine that had been adopted from the Lancia IZ commercial vehicle and enabled a top speed of 120 km / h with 70 hp.
A total of 1696 vehicles of this type were built.