Lancia Esatau truck chassis were produced from 1947 to 1963, when the model was replaced by the Lancia Esagamma. In 1947 Lancia presented the first version which was called Esatau 864. The truck were also used by the Italian army for transporting soldiers and army vehicles.
Lancia Esatau V.10
The Lancia Esatau V.10 was in production from 1948 to 1953. It had an engine of 122HP.
Lancia Esatau V.11
The V.11 was manufactured from 1951 to 1952, with the body from Garavini. It was powered by a Lancia V10 engine, producing 122 bhp (91 kW). In the side of the doors the seats are double. The city bus version was 10,500 mm (413.4 in) long, and a suburban version was 11,000 mm (433.1 in) long. A total of 52 were produced.
A 12,000 mm (472.4 in) trolleybus version was built for Athens in Greece, with 46 in service. The V.11 trolley bus version had two doors, and had capacity for 27 seated and 73 standing passengers. The V.11 was used in Athens from 1961 until 1991. The same trolleybuses was used in Florence and in Capua too.
Lancia Esatau V.81
The Lancia Esatau V.81 was produced from 1953 to 1959. Most bodies were made by Viberti, with the last 23 by Pistoiesi. A total of 183 were built. The V.81 came in two lengths, the Lancia PV81 powered version (with 130 bhp (97 kW)) at 10,400 mm (409.4 in) long and the Lancia V10 powered version 11,000 mm (433.1 in) long. The V10 originally produced 138 bhp (103 kW) and from 1957 144 bhp (107 kW).
The weight of a Lancia Esatau V.81 is 9,3 tonnes. The bus had 18 seats and space for an additional 30 standing passengers.
Presented by Romano Pisciotti, ITALMOTOR