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The brilliantly innovative Lancia Aurelia was designed by Vittorio Jano for Lancia & C., and launched in Berlina form in 1950 at the 32nd Salone dell’Automobile held in Turin. Production lasted until the summer of 1958 by which time 6 series of the B20GT had been developed and produced.
The Aurelia was the first car in the world to sport a V6 engine designed by Francesco de Virgilio. It also had the gearbox and differential in one unit, called the rear transaxle, in-board rear brakes and an independent rear suspension that was a match for the German swing axle principles, as well as being the first car designed to use Michelin X radial ply tyres. All of this was intelligently packed into a sophisticated and fast family saloon.
B20GT SERIES 1
The very first Aurelias were the B10 berlinas (sedans) which used a 1754 cc version of the V6 which produced 56 hp (42 kW). A 2-door B20 GT coupé appeared that same year. It had a shorter wheelbase and a Ghia-designed, Pininfarina-built body. The same 1991 cc engine produced 75 hp (56 kW) in the B20. In all, 500 first series Aurelias were produced.
The Lancia Aurelia B20GT Series 1 car we have for sale has matching engine and chassis numbers. It also comes with the original transaxle, and is currently fitted with a second rebuilt unit. Originally Amaranto (dark burgundy) in colour, the car was originally registered in Trieste, Italy with registration number TS 300 000. At that time the car also had a small vent in the roof above the driver. The car has had various modifications and upgrades over the years, mainly for rallying.
Exterior: Leather bonnet straps, Marchal auxiliary lamps, Nardi bonnet scoop, perspex sliding side windows with aluminium frames, rear quarter light air vents, Monza-style exterior fuel filler cap, large rear reversing lamp, auxiliary rear indicator lights, front and rear tow eyes, and very rare original correct First Series wheels.
Interior: Nardi steering wheel, Nardi floor gear change, 'Rallye da Corsa' bucket seats, lightened door interiors - no handles etc, map pockets, 4-point safety harnesses, modern rev counter, modern water temperature gauge, half roll cage, fire extinguisher, foot brace and map reading light.
The car is fitted with a Halda Tripmaster and auxiliary rally clocks - these are available by separate negotiation or can be removed if not required.
Engine Bay - Non-original single Weber 40DCZ5 carburettor deliberately fitted to improve performance over original. Strictly speaking, for correctness carburetion should be either 2 x Weber 32 DR7 (single choke) carbs., or the period upgrade was 2 x Solex 30 AAi twin choke units. This would need to be changed for entry to major events. We can provide the correct carburettors to either specification if required. We have been told the engine was rebuilt in 2007, and remedial body work was carried out in 2009.
Competition History - the car was registered to take part in the 1961 Sestrieres Rally, which was unfortunately cancelled that year. The quality and level of rally modifications does suggest a previous owner had serious rallying intent. The current owner participated in numerous events across Europe between 2002 and 2012 including class wins in The Monte Carlo Challenge and The Rally of The Tests.
General Description - The car has recently undergone a complete restoration (not at Thornley Kelham), and returned to its original amaranto colour.
Overall this is a rare car, eligible for the Mille MIglia and many other major events, coming with attractive modifications for rallying already carried out. The earlier 2-litre B20GT cars are increasingly sought-after, and this example is ready to continue campaigning, or can be sympathetically restored or returned to standard road specification. Call now to book a test drive!