First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044

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Lot 275
1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé

Sold for € 97,750 (US$ 109,206) inc. premium
First owned by Giovanni Bracco
1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale

Chassis no. B50-1044
•Said to have inspired the Lancia Aurelia B20 GT
•Outstandingly original and unrestored
•Mechanically checked over
•Preservation Class concours contender
•Mille Miglia eligible


Footnotes

  • Alongside the unitary construction Aurelia B10 saloon, Lancia produced a platform chassis for bodying by independent coachbuilders, designated B50 or B51 (with different gearing/tyres) and powered by the standard 1,754cc 56bhp V6 engine.

    Build on one of the earliest B50 chassis in June 1950, this car carries influential coupé coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale, whose chief designer at the time was Giovanni Michelotti. One of the most illustrious of Italian coachbuilders, Carrozzeria Vignale had been founded in 1948 by Alfredo Vignale, whose career had begun pre-war with a successful design on the FIAT Topolino chassis. Enzo Ferrari's favoured coachbuilder during Maranello's formative years, Carrozzeria Vignale also designed and built cars for Lancia and Maserati among others, and in the 1960s branched out into automobile manufacture in its own right.

    Chassis number 'B50-1044' was delivered new via Lancia dealer Bocca in Biella to the famous Italian racing driver, Giovanni Bracco. A copy of its original ACI identity document, naming Bracco as owner, is on file. Bracco was a close friend of Gianni Lancia, and it is believed he showed his Vignale-bodied B50 to Gianni in the autumn of 1950. It is said that Gianni liked the design and asked one of his designers to draw up a similar-looking coupé on a shortened wheelbase: the B20 GT was born. Bracco and four other gentlemen racers took delivery of their B20s at Pinin Farina's Corse Dante workshop a few days before the start of the 1951 Mille Miglia. Stunning the motor racing world, Bracco's mildly race-developed B20 finished 2nd overall, beaten only by Luigi Villoresi's 4.1-litre works Ferrari! It is worth noting that the nimble Aurelia was actually faster than the Ferrari over the mountain passes north of Florence.

    Bracco sold 'B50-1044' in 1952. Passing through various hands, the Aurelia finally returned to its roots in 1983 when it was purchased by Giulio Vignale, nephew of company founder, Alfredo Vignale. It was kept until a few years ago by the Vignale family, at Via Campobasso in Turin, and is still on 'black' Italian license plates. After Giulio Vignale, the car was transferred to another family member, who lived in Bologna.

    'B50-1044' has never been restored; the interior and exterior are in original condition, while the floor and chassis have been protected with an anti-rust coating. The brakes have been overhauled and the engine was serviced by Epoca Ricambi, a well-known and respected Belgian Lancia specialist. The car starts immediately and runs beautifully. In 2015 the current owner won Best in Class 'Most Preserved Car' during the Zoute Concours d'Elegance with this stunning B50. A true 'time capsule', retaining even its old tyres (that come with the car), toolkit and other features, it is worthy of a prize in the Preservation Class of any major concours.

    Livrée neuve à Giovanni Bracco, pilote d'usine Lancia
    Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé 1950
    Carrossé par Vignale
    Châssis n° B50-1044

    •Réputé avoir été l'inspirateur de la Lancia Aurelia B20 GT
    •Dans un extraordinaire état d'origine, non restauré
    •Vérifié sur le plan mécanique
    •Bon candidat de concours dans la catégorie du "meilleur état de conservation"
    •Eligible aux Mille Miglia

    En parallèle de sa berline Aurelia monocoque, Lancia produisait à l'intention des carrossiers indépendants des châssis plateforme, les B50 ou B51 selon les démultiplications de boîte et les pneus, équipés du V6 de série, le 1 754 cm3 délivrant 56 chevaux.

    Cette voiture, basée sur un des premiers châssis B50, fut équipée en juin 1950 par Vignale d'une imposante carrosserie de coupé. Ce carrossier, dont le chef styliste était alors Giovanni Michelotti, était l'un des plus célèbres d'Italie ; il avait été fondé en 1948 par Alfredo Vignale, qui avait entamé sa carrière avant la guerre par un dessin réussi sur la base du châssis de la FIAT Topolino. La Carrozzeria Vignale était le carrossier préféré d'Enzo Ferrari pendant ses premières années à Maranello, mais elle dessinait et assemblait aussi des voitures pour Lancia et Maserati, entre autres, et elle se mettrait pendant les années 1960 à en construire sous son propre nom.

    La B50-1044 fut livrée neuve à Bielle par les soins de Bocca, concessionnaire Lancia, au célèbre pilote italien Giovanni Bracco. Une copie de sa fiche ACI d'origine, qui désigne Bracco en tant que propriétaire, figure au dossier. Bracco était un ami proche de Gianni Lancia, et l'on pense qu'il lui montra sa B50 carrossée par Vignale à l'automne 1950. On dit que Gianni en aima l'allure et qu'il demanda à l'un de ses stylistes de dessiner un coupé de même aspect, mais sur un empattement raccourci : la B20 GT était née. Bracco et quatre autres coureurs amateurs prirent livraison de leurs B20 à l'atelier Pinin Farina du Corso Dante quelques jours avant le départ des Mille Miglia 1951. A la stupéfaction du monde de la compétition automobile, la B20 à peine mise au point termina 2e au général, distancée uniquement par la Ferrari d'usine 4,1 litres de Luigi Villoresi ! On notera avec intérêt que l'agile Aurelia était en fait plus rapide que la Ferrari dans les cols du Nord de Florence.

    Bracco revendit son Aurelia B50-1044 en 1952. Elle passa entre diverses mains, puis elle retrouva ses racines une fois rachetée par Giulio Vignale, le neveu d'Alfredo Vignale, le fondateur de l'entreprise. Jusqu'à ces dernières années, elle est demeurée dans la famille Vignale, toujours munie de ses plaques d'immatriculation italiennes noires. Giulio Vignale l'avait transmise à un autre membre de la famille, qui vivait à Bologne.

    La B50-1044 n'a jamais été restaurée. Son intérieur et son extérieur sont dans leur état d'origine ; son plancher et son châssis ont été protégés par une couche d'antirouille. Ses freins ont été révisés et son moteur a bénéficié d'opérations d'entretien chez Epoca Ricambi, un spécialiste belge de Lancia, reconnu et respecté. Elle démarre instantanément et fonctionne à merveille. En 2015, cette magnifique B50 a valu à son propriétaire actuel de remporter le prix de la "voiture la mieux conservée" lors du Concours d'Elégance du Zoute. C'est une machine à remonter le temps, qui possède toujours ses vieux pneus (fournis avec), sa trousse à outils et d'autres accessoires ; elle mérite un prix du meilleur état de conservation dans n'importe quel concours d'importance.
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First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
First owned by Giovanni Bracco,1950 Lancia Aurelia B50 Coupé   Chassis no. B50-1044
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