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The Lancia Ardea is Lancia's first small displacement car. It was produced from 1939 to 1953.
It was presented to Mussolini in November 1939, production began a month later, and the first cars were delivered in January 1940.
Between the end of 1942 and the beginning of 1943, all Lancia production was transferred to Bolzano, a town on the border with Austria, because of the repeated bombing of the Plain of the Po. After production ceased in 1943 and 1944, regular production did not really resume until February 1946.
The production of the third series, officially presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1948, presents novelties such as the 5-speed gearbox (another Lancia première) and some alterations to the bodywork.
The fourth and final series begins on November 16, 1949, and features significant engine modifications with a new aluminum cylinder head, higher compression ratio, new carburetor, increased power output to 30 HP, and some body refinishing. .
The production of the Ardea sedan will end in 1952 to give way to the new Appia. Total production: 22,730 sedans, 511 taxis, 8730 vans.