Lancia was founded in 1906. In 1969 Lancia became part of the Fiat group, which it merged with Chrysler in 2014. Unfortunately, nowadays there is little left of the illustrious brand. At the moment, only the Ypsilon is still being produced and the model is only delivered exclusively in home country Italy.
Vincenzo Lancia was a racing driver for Fiat and the first Lancia car was the Tipo 51, which was later called Alfa. Lancia used letters from the Greek alphabet as the type name for its often innovative cars. Innovations included a complete electrical installation, the self-supporting body and independent wheel suspension. Lancia was also the first automaker to use a five-speed gearbox in production cars and the first to install a V4 engine in its cars.
With the D50, Lancia took part in Formula 1 in 1954 and 1955. When Lancia withdrew from this branch of motorsport, the cars went to Scuderia Ferrari, which used the cars as Lancia-Ferrari and in 1956 conquered the championship. Lancia was very successful in rallying in the 1970s and 1980s. In the WRC, Lancia is still statistically the most successful brand, despite having retired from world championships as early as 1993 with the Stratos (1974, 1975 and 1976), the 037 (1983) and the Delta (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992).