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Lancia D50 Price: £20.00 (plus P&P) +Add to Basket
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1955 Lancia D50A 2,488 cc 260 bhp @ 8,200 rpm. A superbly detailed Limited Edition Print of 250 signed by the artist Tony Matthews. The stunning Lancia D50 was designed by Vittorio Jano and was intended to race in the 1954 Grand Prix season. In fact it only raced once that year, at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona which was that season’s final round. It was designed to take on the Mercedes W196 and was in fact more advanced in some ways. For a small team they must have dug deep to sign-up double world champion Alberto Ascari. At the Spanish Grand Prix the Lancia was beating the Mercedes and setting fastest laps until the clutch failed. The following year saw three Lancias racing but while they were fast they were also dogged by mechanical problems. Then Ascari nearly drowned at Monaco when his car went through the barriers and crashed into the harbour as he was challenging for the lead. Having survived this he then sadly lost his life four days later testing a Ferrari sports car. This had a terrible effect on the team and, combined with the massive financial pressure racing was causing the Lancia family, resulted in the team being sold to Ferrari. The history of the Lancia D50 and its battle with Mercedes are detailed in Chris Nixon’s book, ‘The Rivals - The Lancia D50 and the Mercedes-Benz W196’ which is available through this web site.

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