The heir of the Ardea, the new “little” Lancia Appia was presented at the 1953 Turin Motor Show. The head valve distribution was controlled by two camshafts. Fed by a Solex carburettor, the engine gave 38 bhp, wich allowed to the new saloon higher performances than its main competitor, the Fiat 1100/103.
The body resembled the style of its older sister, the Aurelia, with folding doors without the central column. The quality of the finish was surely that of a superior car. In those years there was a boom for utility cars which marked the emancipation of the working class, now freed from the wartime restrictions. In this context, the Appia was an arrival point for the up-coming middle-class that wanted to be distinguished and saw the Lancias as a classy car with higher performance.
In 1955 the Appia I series was replaced but the model remained in production, with other two series, until 1963; the Zagato bodied sports versions won many races in the 1100 class