The first of these technically advanced and charismatic cars first arrived in the UK in 1953, however the company struggled to become cost effective despite the success of the Fulvia. Fiat took over the company in 1969 and Lancia lost much of their unique appeal, with a handful of exceptions. Imports into the UK ceased in 1994 but restarted in 2011 under Chrysler badges. Pre 50’s cars had the advantage of leaving the factory with RHD, due to pre-war Italy requiring to drive on the left hand side of the road.
Lancia’s first Supermini was introduced in 1985, as a replacement for the non-imported Autobianchi A112. The car was withdrawn from UK markets in 1991, 4 years before the production actually ended.
The 1996 Lancia Ypsilon was the replacement for the Y10 but not officially imported into the UK.
The Lancia Appia was range of smaller V4 saloons, coupes and convertibles. It was replaced by the Fulvia in 1963 after 10 years of production.
The FWD Lancia Fulvia production started in 1963, with UK imports starting in 1965. It was available as 4 door saloon, but became better known for the coupe and Zagato fastback coupe. Typically for a brand known for its association with motor sport, the Fulvia became well known as a rally car which helped to extend its production run until 1976.
The Lancia Delta was sold only as a five-door hatchback, noticeable as a design by Giorgetto Giugiaro and released in 1979, with UK sales starting a year later. The car had a relatively long production, helped by its rally reputation and Evo variants allowed 15 years of manufacture.
The Lancia Prisma is a saloon version of the Delta, produced between 1982 and 1989, it was replaced by the Dedra with imports starting in 1990.
The Lancia Beta was the first car to be produced by Lancia after their 1969 take over by Fiat. The Beta was introduced in into the UK in 1973, as a 4 door fastback saloon with a 2 door coupe arriving in 1974 and a 3 door hatchback in 1975. Production ended in 1984.
The 1980 Lancia Trevi was an upmarket 4 door saloon version of the Beta, imports started in 1981. Production ended after 4 years.
The Lancia Montecarlo is a Pininfarina designed mid-engined sports car based on the Beta, with a production run from 1975 to 1981. UK imports started in 1977.
Produced between 1937 and 1949, the advanced Lancia Aprilia was a large family car. Although not officially imported by a concessionaire into the UK, private imports were available. The Lancia Ardea was a smaller model, introduced in 1939 and was thought to be the first official imported Lancia into the UK shortly before production ceased in 1953.
The Lancia Aurelia was marketed as grand tourer and launched in 1950 and production lasted until 1958, with UK imports starting in 1953. It was available as a 4 door saloon, coupe and convertible.
The Lancia Flaminia was a flagship luxury car produced from 1957 to 1970 after replacing the Aurelia, RHD saloon imports started in 1961. Like its predecessor it was available as saloon, coupe and cabriolet.
The Lancia Flavia is an executive car produced from 1961 to 1971. Production continued as the Lancia 2000 from 1971 to 1975.
The Lancia 2000 was produced between 1971 and 1975 in both the sedan and coupe versions, a direct evolution of the Lancia Flavia which it replaced.
The Lancia Gamma was an executive car introduced in 1976 to replace the Flavia, with sales starting in 1978. The Gamma was made until 1984 as a 4-door fastback saloon/sedan and 2-door coupe.
The Lancia Thema was an executive car produced between 1984 and 1994, and one of four cars to share the Type Four platform alongside the Alfa Romeo 164, Fiat Croma and Saab 9000. Top of the range models were fitted with Ferrari engines.
The Lancia Kappa was the replace ment for the Thema, having arrived in 1994 shortly before the marque left the UK. As a consequence the Kappa was not officially imported.
Introduced in 1973, the Lancia Stratos was a purpose built rally car which won the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Although never officially imported into the UK, approximately 500 examples found their way during its 5 year production run.
The Lancia Rally (Lancia Rally 037) was a mid-engine sports car and rally car built in 1982 to compete in the FIA Group B World Rally Championship. The 1985 Lancia Delta S4 is a Group B rally car and was an evolution of the Lancia 037.