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Lancia Aprilia
Marketed as the 'Berlinetta Aerodynamica' the Lancia Aprilia was the last design from Vincenzo Lancia. 'Aprilia' was the name of a new town created by Mussolini on marshland near Anzio in April 1936. The body was designed with help of the wind tunnel at Turin Polytechnic and the assistance of Battista Farina (founder of Pininfarina). The body is of unitary construction, has a drag coefficient of just 0.47 and is equipped with pillarless doors. A V4 1352cc engine is given to the 1936 launch car, and upgraded to 1486cc for the Series II 1939-49). The Aprilia was also built in France and sold as the Ardennes.


Lancia Aprilia S2 front
Lancia Aprilia S2. Series I cars lacked the running boards, and Series II cars also benefitted from a larger 1486cc V4 engine and other mechanical improvements
Lancia Aprilia S2 fronts
Lancia Aprilia S2. A new V4 engine with hemispherical chambers and a crossflow head was designed for the Aprilia
Lancia Aprilia S2 rear
Lancia Aprilia S2. The Politecnico di Torino assisted with the aerodynamics of the Aprilia, which determined this beetle-back tail.
s_Lancia Aprilia S2 side
Lancia Aprilia S2. The last car created by Vincenzo Lancia, and one launched shortly after his sudden death. It was full of innovation with unitary construction, pillarless doors, and aerodynamics that were achieved with help from Politecnico di Torino. A new V4 engine with crossflow head was designed.
w_Lancia Aprilia S2 window
Lancia Aprilia S2. The aerodynamic styling gave the beetle-back design and a split rear window, something also found on many other beetle-back designs of this time before curved glass could be easily made.
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