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  Lancia D24 Sport Pinin Farina Spyder

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1953 - 1954
Numbers built:6
Designed by:Pinin Farina
Predecessor:Lancia D23 Sport Pinin Farina Spyder
Successor:Lancia D25 Sport Pinin Farina Spyder
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 03, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWhile the D23 scored a victory in the Lisbon Grand Prix, Jano was already hard at work building a lighter, nimbler and more powerful replacement. The displacement was further increased to just under 3.3 litres, which saw the output increase to 265 bhp. The handling was improved by slightly decreasing the wheelbase and by the installation of an advanced DeDion rear axle. Complete with a further revised Pinin Farina Spyder body, this D24 had a disastrous debut at Monza and it did not get much better at the Nürburgring.

At the 1953 Carrera PanAmericana there was a spectacular turn-around for the Scuderia Lancia as the D24s filled the first three spots at the finish. For eleven hours the 1954 season looked set to start with a Sebring 12 Hours win, but engine failure saw the advanced racer retire from the lead. Nevertheless, it was a sign of things to come as the D24 scored a series of victories with wins in the much coveted Mille Miglia and Targa Florio road races as highlights.

In a quest for even more performance, Lancia used the summer of the 1954 season to create a larger version of the V6 engine. Displacing just over 3.7 litre, the latest evolution produced in excess of 300 bhp. Four D24s were fitted with the engine and rebadged D25. They debuted in the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod but failed to finish with reliability issues. Unfortunately the sports cars were not raced again as the program was abandoned in favour of an even more ambitious Grand Prix program with the even more advanced D50.

Gianni Lancia's ambitions brought him the much desired victories, but the spiraling costs also brought his company on the edge of bankruptcy. He was forced to leave Lancia and to prevent the company from going bankrupt, the complete Grand Prix program was sold to Ferrari. In 1956 Juan Manuel Fangio drove a modified (Ferrari)-Lancia to the Formula 1 world championship. Lancia did survive and many years later returned to racing with the very successful Fulvia, Stratos, 037 and Delta rally racers.

After the competition program was wound down, almost all sports cars were destroyed with only very few complete cars known to have survived including one each of the D23, D24 and D25. Some original components including complete engines were saved from the scrapyard. During the 1980s these were used to build four exact replicas by Luciano Basso and Guido Rosani with help from the Lancia Museum and Pininfarina.

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