1957 Lancia Aurelia

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1957
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    303
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

Italian title Engine n° B24 n°1513 - Superbly preserved, one owner since 1975 - Rare, elegant, sporty and exclusive model - Original engine Originally registered near Ancona, this Aurelia B24 arrived in Perugia in 1967. This is clear from the Libretto that dates from this period, as well as the registration that it retains today. It belonged to a certain Antonio Rossi and then, in 1969, to Ellio Biagiotti. The latter, as indicated in the Foglio complementare, moved in 1973. In his new home, his neighbour was none other than our collector...The car ensured that they quickly became acquainted, and after two years of discussion, our collector succeeded in persuading Ellio Biagiotti to part with his beautiful machine, which joined his collection in 1975. It was restored during the 1970s and is presented today in a condition that will touch the heart of any enthusiast : the restoration has aged, but this Aurelia B24 looks like a car that has spent long, quiet days in the south Italian sunshine. The grey paintwork is well preserved and inside, the red leather upholstery displays a light patina. On the dashboard, the two elegant round dials are accompanied by a period Audiovox radio. Also in well-conserved condition, the rare hardtop transforms the car into a very useable coupé for the winter months. The folder for the car contains old maintenance invoices as well as a copy of an article on the V6 engine by Francesco Virgilio, a Lancia engineer and family friend. As always with Lancia, the design of this car is special, particularly as it was the last model produced in collaboration with Vittorio Jano. Its 2.5-litre V6 engine produced 115 bhp and to improve the weight distribution, the gearbox was mounted with the rear transaxle. In coupé form, the Aurelia B20 asserted its driving qualities incontrovertibly by winning the most prestigious rallying events, including the Liège-Rome-Liège, Targa Florio and the Monte-Carlo rallies. The open B24 Spider America version appeared in 1955. It was very expensive, costing twice as much as a Jaguar XK 140, and was not as successful as anticipated. The following year Lancia replaced it with the Convertible, with the same sublime styling, penned by Francesco Martinengo for Pininfarina, but with a better level of equipment. Boasting roll-up windows and waterproof hood, the Aurelia B24 finally fulfilled its status as a highly luxurious cabriolet. Not only is this Aurelia very rare (there were just 521 examples produced), but it comes with its original engine, a great history and in lovingly preserved condition.