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FEATURED AUCTION - 1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24S SPIDER AMERICA COACHWORK BY PININ FA
The ex-Lou Brero - Torrey Pines Road Race 1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24S SPIDER AMERICA Coachwork by Pinin Farina Sold for US $1,952,500
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.
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