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Lot 49

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

Coachwork by Pinin Farina

SOLD $203,500

Estimate

$250,000 - $300,000

Chassis

B20S-1018

Engine

3782

Car Highlights

Exceptionally Sound and Rare B20 GT
Desirable Left-Hand-Drive Series IV Specification
Comprehensively Restored, with Sorting by Marque Expert Tony Nicosia
Finished in Navy Blue with Lovely Two-Tone Leather Interior
One of the Most Advanced Sporting GTs of the 1950s

Technical Specs

2,451 CC OHV 60° V-6 Engine
Single Weber 40 DCF5 Twin-Choke Carburetor
110 BHP at 5,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes, Inboard Rear
Front Independent Sliding-Pillar Suspension
Rear De Dion Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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Engineered by the legendary Vittorio Jano, the Lancia Aurelia B20 was the first car sold as a GT, and its two-liter V-6 engine delivered 100 mph. Radial tires, a rigid unibody, and independent suspension proved to be a world-class combination. Giovanni Bracco and Umberto Maglioli drove a Lancia Aurelia to 2nd Place in the 1951 Mille Miglia. Bracco and Johnny Lurani earned a class victory at Le Mans the same year, and Felice Bonetto won the 1952 Targa Florio. Lancia built 3,871 B20 GTs in six series from 1951–58.

B20 GTs are renowned for their advanced handling, incredible build quality, and refined driving experience. The desirable Series IV was the first B20 to offer left-hand drive and a sophisticated De Dion rear axle, along with a larger 2.5-liter engine that raised the top speed to 112 mph.

This B20 GT, a desirable left-hand-drive Series IV example, underwent a 10-year restoration directed by previous owner Tim Walker and was expertly finished by noted Lancia authority Tony Nicosia. Further refined and detailed by the consignor’s in-house mechanics, the B20 is resplendent in its dark blue paint over a two-tone gray and blue leather interior. A difficult-to-source transmission gear cluster accompanies the sale, purchased to eventually replace the somewhat noisy first gear that is currently installed.

Presented with period-correct details down to the Michelin X tires, this Lancia will make a handsome addition to any collection and represents a very rare opportunity to acquire a left-hand-drive version of one of the jewels of mid-century Italian motoring.