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'So how do you guys feel about doing an Outlaw Aurelia? How do you think the purists will feel?'
What a great question! That's what we were asked by a new client who excited us with his vision of creating a really cool, not-one-for-the-purists, heavily modified B20GT. Once we had agreed that it should be a late (Series 5 or 6) model, and we had thought it through (a bit), we loved the idea. It fitted with our aim to put Aurelias on the map - whether the totally accurate restoration of the ex-MM car, restoring 2-litre or 2500 models properly for serious road use, or now developing a set of ideas to create a unique Aurelia interpretation.
First step - find a suitable car, in this case a Series 6 'barn find' which no one could argue needed anything less than a complete restoration. Second step - find a Flaminia drive train to transplant - for more power… Third - develop a design concept - with details to be agreed with our customer.
This unique and highly bespoke Aurelia is now complete to the delight of the owner who is thrilled with the outcome. The car was unveiled to the public for the first time at the 2015 Salon Prive' held at Blenheim Palace, amid huge interest.
Perhaps the ultimate compliment has been paid to us by Giovanni de Virgilio, son of Francesco who designed the Aurelia V6 engine and was one of the car's key creators:
"In summary it's a very purposeful and realistic car that Gianni Lancia could have built for a friend"
Given the great interest and success of the Outlaw project, we are commissioning a limited edition to be built. Outlaws 2,3 and 4 are currently under construction.
For more information about the Outlaw Project, please see www.fuorilegge.co.uk