The Lancia D24 was a sports racing car introduced by Lancia in 1953, and raced in the 1953 and 1954 seasons. It kept the overall layout of its predecessor the D23—that is a multi-tubular frame chassis, double wishbones/De Dion suspension, transaxle transmission and a barchetta body—but had a large 3,284 cc V6 engine. The V6 produced 265 hp (198 kW), giving the car a top speed of 260 km/h (162 mph).

Lancia D24
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ConstructorLancia
PredecessorLancia D23
SuccessorLancia D25
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisSteel multi-tubular frame
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic dampers
Suspension (rear)De Dion tube, transverse leaf spring, hydraulic dampers
Wheelbase2,400 mm (94.5 in)
EngineD24 3,284 cc (200.4 cu in) 60° V6 Front longitudinal
Transmission4-speed manual, limited slip differential
Weight750 kg (1,653.5 lb) (dry)
Competition history
Debut1953: Nürburgring 1000 km
First win1953: 6a Bologna–Passo della Raticosa
Last win1954: 2a Coppa Firenze–Siena

Some of the D24's most significant overall victories are those by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1953 Carrera Panamericana, by Alberto Ascari in the 1954 Mille Miglia, and by Piero Taruffi in the 1954 Targa Florio and Giro di Sicilia.

In 1955, the President of Lancia presented a D24 to President Juan Perón of Argentina who raced it nationally in the blue and yellow national livery. It was returned to Italy in the 1980s and restored by the Count Vittorio Zanon. This is one of just two D24s in existence; the other is in the Lancia Museum.[2]

RacingEdit

Lancia D24 Spider won 1954 Mille Miglia driven by Alberto Ascari. The previous year it had already taken Juan Manuel Fangio and Gino Bronzoni to victory at the Carrera Panamericana.

 
Piero Taruffi winner of the 1954 Giro di Sicilia
Lancia D24 racing results[3]
Year Event Cars
entered
Result (drivers)
1953   1000 km Nürburgring 2 All retired
 Gran Premio Supercortemaggiore 2 All retired
  6a Bologna–Passo della Raticosa 2 1st (Felice Bonetto); 2nd (Eugenio Castellotti)
  5th Carrera Panamericana 3 1st overall (Juan Manuel Fangio); 2nd overall (Piero Taruffi); Felice Bonetto on the third D24 died in an accident
1954   12 Hours of Sebring 4 2nd overall (Luigi Valenzano/Porfirio Rubirosa)
  14° Giro di Sicilia 1 1st (Piero Taruffi)
  6a Coppa della Toscana 2 All retired
  21a Mille Miglia; 4 1st overall (Alberto Ascari); three retired
  38a Targa Florio 2 1st overall (Piero Taruffi); ret. (Eugenio Castellotti)
  Oporto Grand Prix 3 1st (Gigi Villoresi); 2nd (Eugenio Castellotti); one ret.
  14a Bolzano–Passo Mendola 1 1st (Eugenio Castellotti)
  16a Aosta–Gran San Bernardo 1 1st (Eugenio Castellotti)
  21st RAC Tourist Trophy 2 1st in class (Piero Taruffi/Juan Manuel Fangio); 2nd in class (Robert Manzon/Eugenio Castellotti)
  9a Catania–Etna 1 1st (Piero Taruffi)
  16a Treponti–Castelnuovo 1 1st (Eugenio Castellotti)
  5a Coppa d’Oro di Sicilia 1 1st (Piero Taruffi)
  2a Coppa Firenze–Siena 1 1st (Eugenio Castellotti)
     World Sportscar Championship race

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Morello 2014, p. 205–206.
  2. ^ "1954 Lancia D24 Sport Spyder". conceptcarz.com. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  3. ^ Morello 2014, p. 145–147.

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