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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.