1921-1930: Lancia Lambda
Suggested By: Mack Totally Board 41
Why it was state of the art: Vincenzo Lancia deserves far more recognition than he gets for the technical prowess of the products that bear his name. The Lambda pioneered two major technical breakthroughs: the car's structure was a monocoque/unibody, extraordinarily stiff for its time, and the wheels were sprung independently. The oddly sleek machines were a major step forward in handling and roadworthiness.