The ex-Lou Brero - Torrey Pines Road Race,1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24S SPIDER AMERICA  Chassis no. B24S-1138 Engine no. B24 1198
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The ex-Lou Brero - Torrey Pines Road Race
1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24S SPIDER AMERICA
Sold for US$ 1,952,500 inc. premium

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The ex-Lou Brero - Torrey Pines Road Race
1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24S SPIDER AMERICA
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. B24S-1138
Engine no. B24 1198

2,451cc OHV All-Alloy V6 Engine
Weber Carburetor with Nardi Kit
118bhp at 5,300rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes – Inboard at the Rear


*Exquisite, 100pt restoration by Lancia expert Tony Nicosia
*Exciting period racing history with Lou Brero behind the wheel
*Delivered new through Kjell Qvale's legendary dealership
*Matching numbers Spider America that has remained in the dry-western climate since new
*Ready for top events such as Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance or Mille Miglia Storica



THE LANCIA SPIDER AMERICA

Race developed V6 engine, superlative handling and sensational Pinin Farina styling: these are the ingredients of a sports car classic and the Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America has them all.

Lancia's classic Aurelia, the first car ever to employ a V6 engine, was launched at the 1950 Turin Motor Show. An advanced unitary construction design, the 1.7-liter Aurelia featured all-independent suspension and a combined gearbox/rear transaxle on which were mounted the inboard brakes.

The sedan was joined the following year by the Pinin Farina-styled B20 Coupé, a fastback '2+2' on a shortened wheelbase which, with its combination of sports car performance and sedan-like practicality, can be said to have introduced the Gran Turismo concept to the world. Introduced in 1953, the 3rd and subsequent series B20s were powered by a 2,451cc, 118bhp version of the OHV V6, and this was adopted for the B24 Spider, also called the 'America', launched in 1954.

Acknowledged as one of Pinin Farina's masterpieces, the Aurelia B24 Spider combined sporting characteristics with an elegance that presaged another of the Torinese carrozzeria's great works, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider of 1955. For the B24 Spider the Aurelia B20 chassis was further shortened and came with a floor-mounted gear-change as standard. Its performance equaled that of the B20 Coupe, top speed being in the region of 115mph (185km/h).

Unusually clean lines enabled the Spider to achieve what was an exceptional performance for an open car of the period, being unencumbered by external door handles (there were internal pull-cords) and benefiting from a gracefully curved wraparound windscreen, and the model's signature styling feature, split bumpers front and rear. Only 240 B24 Spiders were manufactured during 1954/55, and today the model is one of the most sought-after of post-war Lancias.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered here is a very special Lancia. From the top-of-the-line, limited-production B24S Spider America model range, we have the pleasure of offering what might very well be the best example available anywhere. This car, chassis no. 1138, stands out from most other examples not just in terms of condition with the exquisite, 100 point restoration recently finished by renowned Lancia specialist Tony Nicosia, but also in terms of the cars provenance and early racing history.

Hand built at Pinin Farina's Turin-based coachbuilding facilities in the early part of 1955, 1138 received final assembly by Lancia's skilled craftsmen during the summer of 1955. The car was equipped as a left hand drive example and destined for the US market. An archival image shows the car during this time, soon after completion and ready to be loaded onto the ship for America.

The new B24S Spider America had been ordered by the West Coast Lancia distributor, now legendary Kjell Qvale, to be sold out of his San Francisco based British Motor Car distributorship. Qvale is believed to have sold 1138 to one of the top managers in his organization, Mr. Robert G. Gillespie. Smart businessmen, both Qvale and Gillespie understood the meaning of the term 'Win on Sunday, sell on Monday', and realized that entering the rare Lancia Spider in sports car racing, would be an excellent way to promote, and sell the new model. With that in mind, Gillespie reached out to his friend, Eureka, California based successful lumberman turned gentleman-racer, Lou Brero, and entered 1138 in the 1955 running of the Torrey Pines Road Races. Brero became quite a name on the 1950's sports car racing scene, owning and racing some of the finest machined of the era, such as the famous, special-bodied Ferrari 375 MM Spider chassis no. 0286AM and Jaguar D-Type chassis no. XKD-509. Presumably with Qvale in his own car, Brero and Gillespie drove the car all the way down to San Diego that week, to participate in the legendary race October 22 and 23rd, 1955.

Racing against all-time greats such as Phil Hill in O'Shea's Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing and Jack McAfee in a Porsche 550 Spyder, Brero and Gillespie finished 6th in the Torrey Pines six-hour endurance race. Top honors went to Pearce Woods in a Jaguar C-Type, and its safe to say that the B24S Spider America of Brero and Gillespie was one of the highest-ranking sports cars in a fierce line-up of the eras finest sports racing cars available. All this, according to a recent interview with Lou Brero Jr. who was there that weekend in San Diego (just 19 years old at the time), happened with Kjell Qvale present and very excited about his friends success in the new Lancia.

B24S Spider America chassis no. 1138 is believed to have remained in the Western United States ever since. An ad in the March 1956 edition of Road & Track magazine indicates Robert Gillespie offering the car for sale. Costa Mesa based, Lancia specialist and aficionado, Tony Nicosia, later tracked down the car in the 1980s. Nicosia is by many considered THE expert on post-war Lancia, and his knowledge and extreme attention to detail results in arguably the best driving Lancia's once they have been trough his shop. Like many popular restorers though, very few cars actually get through the tedious process, due to the long waiting list to get Tony's attention.

Tony's father had spotted the luxurious Lancia in Carson City, Nevada. Tony soon set out to purchase the car to add to his collection. This would take 12 years, and finally about a decade ago 1138 joined Nicosia's impressive collection of good, genuine Lancias. Tony has restored and owned Lancias and other Italian sports cars since a very young age. He began professionally restoring Ferrari's at the age of 18, but soon found that Lancias really as his thing, and started studying and researching these extremely intelligently built Etceterini. Tony has owned no less than twelve B24 Spider Americas over the years, and a host of B20's among Flaminias and other models of the fine brand.

1138 became a personal project of Nicosia, and has taken nearly 10 years to finish. Very few restorers are as committed to absolute perfection and originality as Nicosia- That is evident upon a close inspection of 1138 today. Not only is the cars cosmetics done factory-correct and to the absolute ends degree, but also the cars mechanical systems such as the engine and complex driveline has been completely restored. These cars are extremely complex and labor intensive to restore. They really are quite over engineered, and redoing them takes time, money and lots of skill.

1138 is now finished, and ready to tour the world's most prominent concours lawns and top-notch rallies. This is the type of car that has that allure of perfection when you see it up close- simply the absolute best of the best. Here is an opportunity to acquire a rare, iconic Italian sports car, from one of the world's finest manufacturers, with charming provenance and an absolute exquisite restoration.

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