The second edition of the book CAPOLAVORO – The design, development and production of the LANCIA LAMBDA by Bill Jamieson, has been presented just in time for the Lambda centenary.
This painstaking work of research and documentation covering every aspect of this innovative model allows the Lancia enthusiast to have a point of reference and an indispensable tool for a possible restoration.
It is strange that to a car so significant for world automotive progress (self-supporting bodywork, independent front suspension), only one other book was dedicated before this one, published by the Lancia Club d'Italia over 20 years ago, Lambda l'eccezionale.
Four chapters are devoted to the nine series of Lambda produced, subdivided according to the most important advances and modifications, duly documented with technical drawings, photographs of the cars, advertisements of the time and the most important mechanical components.
Individual chapters are dedicated to the engine, the suspension and the electrical system. Another one on tools, spare parts and accessories with photographic documentation.
The penultimate chapter, which deals with the bodywork, is one of the most substantial and, starting from the production model, traces the activity of the external coachbuilders who created so many custom-built models.
Lastly, the Lambdas in competition with their results, pictures of the drivers and star cars as well as the entry forms for the 1927, 1928 and 1929 Mille Miglia with chassis, engine, gearbox and rear axle numbers.
The entire work is accompanied by six appendices of great interest and practical use, in particular, numbering systems, production data year by year, the general data table, new car prices and agents and dealers.
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