<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798

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1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Sold for US$ 341,000 inc. premium
1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. B245 1678
Engine no. 1798

2,451cc OHV V-6 Engine
Single Twin-choke Weber Carburetor
110bhp at 5,100rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle with Clutch In Unit
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes, Rear Brakes Inboard

*Rare Italian collectible
*Never restored, largely original, matching numbers
*Sophisticated Lancia mechanics with Pinin Farina styling
*Owned by celebrated Lancia collector for 34 years


The Lancia Aurelia B24

The B24S represents the ultimate development of one of the most influential designs to emerge from Italy post-WW2: the classic Aurelia. First car ever to employ a V6 engine, the Aurelia was launched at the 1950 Turin Motor Show. Designed in wartime by Francesco de Virgilio, the 1,754cc 60-degree V6 was of all-aluminum construction and used overhead valves operated via short pushrods instead of Lancia's traditional overhead-camshafts. An advanced unitary-construction design, the Aurelia retained Lancia's 'sliding pillar' independent front suspension, first seen on the Lambda, but used a novel semi-trailing-arm layout at the rear, another world first. The transmission too, was unusual, comprising a two-piece prop-shaft and combined gearbox/rear transaxle on which were mounted the inboard brakes, though for once this was not an entirely new departure.

The B10 saloon was joined the following year by the landmark, Pinin Farina-styled B20 Coupe, a fastback '2+2' on a shortened wheelbase which, with its combination of sports car performance and saloon car practicality, can be said to have introduced the Gran Turismo concept to the world. The Aurelia engine had been increased to 1,991cc in 1951 and this unit in up-rated form went into the B20. Introduced in 1953, the 3rd and subsequent series B20s were powered by a 2,451cc, 118bhp version of the pushrod V6, and this unit was adopted for the B24S Spider launched in 1955, by which time the Aurelia had gained a leaf-sprung De Dion rear axle.

The Lancia Aurelia Spider was clearly inspired by the Pinin Farina's open Ferraris. As the Spider was intended for sale mainly in the USA, and with its wraparound windscreen of American inspiration, it was quickly dubbed 'America'. Built on a 2,450mm wheelbase, the B24S was mechanically similar to the 4th Series Aurelia B20, except for different air filters. All models had a floor gearchange and it was the first Lancia with left-hand drive as standard (the 'S' in the type number meaning 'Sinistra' - left - in Italian). The Spider America was only produced in 1955. From 1956, it was succeeded by the more conventional B24S Convertible, mechanically based on the 5th series Aurelia B20.

Again, the work of Pinin Farina, the B24S Convertible looked superficially very similar but in fact was a total redesign that shared no panels with its predecessor. Easily recognizable differences were many: deeper doors with external handles and wind-up windows, flatter windscreen with quarter-lights, and one-piece bumpers, to name but three. There was also, of course, a proper convertible hood providing decent weather protection. The B24S Convertible was built on the same short-wheelbase chassis as the Spider and used a slightly less powerful version of the 2,451cc V6 engine producing 110bhp. Top speed was also marginally reduced, to 172km/h.

The Motorcar Offered

Super rare, and desperately sought after by discerning Italian sports car collectors, Lancia Aurelias are few and far between – those that do exist are, for the most part, fully restored. This Aurelia B24S is largely original and for a car over 60 years old – it is in exceptional condition.

Dressed in grey with red leather upholstery, the car was finished on August 30, 1958. According to research by the previous owner, it appears that this example was purchased new by a proud father for his son while he attended Harvard University. Ownership was eventually transferred to a large East Coast collector who specialized in Lancias and purchased his first car – an Appia Zagato - straight off the showroom floor in Italy at the age of 20. Having acquired this Aurelia B24S Cabriolet in 1983, he kept the car for 34 years, as is verified by registration documents, which accompany the sale.

Today, this beautifully preserved Lancia Aurelia is offered with the Registro Aurealia from Milan, which clearly verifies that the car sports matching numbers for the body, engine, and gear box. Never fully restored, this fine automobile presents with the original Pelle Rossa upholstery of 1958. Last year, under new and current ownership, a mechanical service was commissioned, with parts and labor totaling $16,000. During this process, all major components were addressed, including the fuel system, carburetor, cooling system, instruments, engine and subframe mounts, steering, clutch, brakes and tires. New parts were purchased NOS or as-original. Prior to the Aurelia's current ownership, it was repainted, and having recently received a professional buff and polish, the paint still shows extremely well.

With a freshly sorted engine, coupled with a smooth transmission, plus new tires, this lovely Aurelia is an enthusiastic driver presenting in excitingly original condition, primped and primed for its next adventure. The fortunate next owner of this car will have the choice to continue to maintain it mechanically in the thorough manner in which it has enjoyed, and drive the heck out of it right away, or eventually give it a sympathetic restoration for which it is a perfect base. It will be difficult to get out of the driver's seat long enough to make the decision.

Footnotes

  • Please note this car is titled under the model year 1959 with chassis no. B24S1678
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<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
<b>1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet</b> <br /> Chassis no. B24S 1678 <br /> Engine no. 1798
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