1957 LANCIA AURELIA B24S CONVERTIBLE
COACHWORK BY PININFARINA
Chassis No. B24S-1415
Engine No. MOT B24 1535
Silver with red interior
Engine: V-6, 2,451cc, 112bhp at 5,000rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual; Suspension: front, independent via Lancia sliding pillars and coil springs, rear, de Dion independent with semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: front outboard drums, rear, inboard mounted drums, all hydraulically operated. Left hand drive.
Italy's idea of a fast touring motor car, the 115mph, 2 1/2 litre Lancia Aurelia provides rapid, effortless and very secure travel for two and masses of luggage in a car which is responsive, stable and well braked, So pronounced Motor Sport when they road tested a Lancia Aurelia B20 GT in February 1956.
The Aurelia was designed by Gianni Lancia and Vittorio Jano and first appeared in 1.8 liter form in 1951. The Gran Turismo Aurelia won the 2 litre class in the 1951 Le Mans at 82.14mph for 1,971 miles, came second in the Mille Miglia and dominated the Pescara Six Hour Race. The advanced, beautifully engineered Aurelia (its engine was the first production V-6 on the world) was developed in subsequent years, the engine being enlarged to 2,451cc as in this model.
This Aurelia is described as a superb driver quality restoration. Prior to restoration this convertible was a solid, rust free, undamaged vehicle which was believed to have covered very few miles from new. Recent cosmetic work has included new paint, new leather upholstery, Wilton wool carpets and covers, tonneau cover, shoulder harness/lap belts to match the upholstery, a new battery and new rubber weatherstrips and seals. The vehicle is also supplied with a Beverly Hills car cover. Thousands of dollars worth of work has gone into the mechanical upkeep and improvements since the current owner purchased the car a few years ago as a newly finished restoration project which required final sorting and detail work. The vendor describes the car as being in excellent condition except the top which is original from new and a few small stone chips and blemishes in the paintwork. The car has also proven its mechanical reliability by completing about five Mille Miglia type road events, including the California Mille Miglia three times, in which it performed faultlessly. It is constantly maintained by the present owner who is a surgeon and car enthusiast and has 32,808 on the odometer which the owner believes is from new. This is a beautifully presented car inside and out.