<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685

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Lot 107
1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Sold for US$ 225,500 inc. premium
1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. B20 1580
Engine no. 1685

1,991cc OHV All-Alloy V-6 Engine
2 Weber Twin-choke Carburetors
80bhp at 4,700rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
Sliding Pillar Front - Independent Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes - Inboard Rear

*A rare early B20 GT
*Freshly and authentically restored by respected specialists
*Successfully completed the 2017 California Mille
*Eligible for the most selective events including the Mille Miglia


The Lancia Aurelia

From its beginnings in 1907, Vincenzo Lancia's company produced cars noted for their technical sophistication, refined aesthetics, and attention to detail. When launched in 1950 at the Turin Auto Show, the Aurelia was arguably the most advanced automobile on the market, with its innovative semi-trailing arm independent rear suspension, four-speed transaxle, and first use of a V6 engine in a production car.

The product of two great engineers, Francesco de Virgilio and Vittorio Jano, the all-aluminum V6 employs a 60-degree v-angle and a central camshaft with short pushrods for inherent balance and compactness. The chassis, too, emphasizes balance by locating the transaxle and inboard rear drum brakes close to the vehicle's centerline, under an innovative unitary body. The tenacious poise of 4-wheel independent suspension was achieved through Lancia's proven sliding pillars at the front and trailing arms at the rear, and the Aurelia was the first car fitted with radial tires as standard equipment.

The Aurelia berlina (sedan) was followed a year later by the more sporting B20 GT coupé, with a larger and more powerful engine installed in a shorter and lighter chassis. The 2 + 2 coachwork, attributed to Felice Mario Boano, was initially built by Carrozzeria Viotti but production was soon transferred to Pinin Farina.

While the B20 GT is widely acknowledged to be the world's first Gran Turismo, it is less recognized that the car's sporting reputation rests mostly upon accomplishments of the first two of the six different series that Lancia produced. Most famous is Giovanni Bracco's second place in the 1951 Mille Miglia, in which he outpaced the winning Ferrari over the mountain passes. In the 1951 event B20s took three of the first seven places, and in the 1952 Mille Miglia, four of the first eight.

Factory driver Gino Valenzano, quoted in Niels Jonassen's Lancia Aurelia in Detail, opines that the 2-liter engine in the first two series was much sweeter and more willing to rev than the later 2.5-liter, and the independent rear suspension was far superior to the De Dion system used on later B20s. He further notes that the 2-liter cars, which are hundreds of pounds lighter, are more agile and can be cornered with greater precision, and do not lean as much.

Early B20s are also significantly different in appearance, most visibly in their elegant rounded tail fins, streamlined headlights, pivoting door handles and other fascinating details. The combination of performance, luxury and engineering refinement was unparalleled for its era.

It is worth noting that like many Italian high performance cars of the era, all B20 GTs through the first three series are right-hand drive.

The Motorcar Offered

This exceptional Aurelia slumbered for many years in its native Italy, until a comprehensive two-year restoration completed in late 2016 by the award-winning specialists of Scuderia Azzurra, a firm of German and Swiss enthusiasts with a modern shop just inland from the Portuguese Riviera.

Its history is known only back to 1972, when it was seized and subsequently auctioned by the Italian Customs authorities after being used for smuggling into Switzerland. Unfortunately, no stray bundles of lire were found during the restoration! To ensure a clean transfer of title at the Customs auction, the car received a second VIN at that time. Documentation from the Fiat Archivio e Centro Storico confirms that the car retains of its original numbered components.

Notwithstanding the obvious quality of the restoration, the owner sent the car to noted Lancia specialists Omicron Engineering in Norfolk, England for further mechanical refinement. The objective was to ensure reliable performance on driving events, and indeed the car successfully completed the 2017 California Mille after air shipment from England.

As it stands, this rare early Aurelia is ready and eligible for the most exclusive driving events and concours, not least the Mille Miglia where early B20s were so successful.
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<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
<b>1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT 2nd Series Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. B20 1580<br /> Engine no. 1685
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