Lancia Theta-35HP

Lancia Theta Torpedo Coloniale, 1917

The Lancia Theta is the manufacturer Lancia an automobile and was produced from 1913 to 1918. This is an update to the Lancia Epsilon. The designation followed the nomenclature of the manufacturer to name the car after the Greek alphabet. The chassis was available with two wheelbases, the most popular body style, the Lancia Theta Torpedo Coloniale, in the then usual torpedo shape.

The theta decreed the first car in Europe through an electrical system with 6 volts by Charles Kettering and was also the first car with a starter and a lighted cockpit. Was initiated the installation of the starter by Vincenzo Lancia, who wanted to abolish the annoying cranks before driving. Other patents which were first application, were a three-way adjustable steering column, an actuated by a chain transmission brake and a new drum brake.

Less innovative drive, a four-cylinder engine, which had been taken over by commercial vehicle Lancia IZ and 70 bhp was a top speed of 120 km / h allowed.

A total of 1696 vehicles developed this type.