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Lot 104

1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible by Pinin Farina

  • Chassis no. B24S-1602
  • Engine no. B20-4467

Sold for €313.600


118 bhp, 2,451 cc overhead-valve 60-degree V-6 engine, four-speed manual transmission, sliding pillar independent front suspension, De Dion rear axle with a transaxle gearbox differential, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,451 mm

  • One of only 521 produced
  • Fitted with a rare removable hardtop
  • Highly desirable Italian sports car of the 1950s


As the first Lancia to be completely produced post-war, the Aurelia needed to be something brand new. And it certainly was, beginning with the gorgeously engineered B10 and ending with the stylishly sophisticated B24 Convertible.

The most stunning aspect of the new Lancia was the inclusion of the first production V-6 engine. Cosmetically, the B10 was beautiful. Its Pinin Farina-built body featured coach doors without a central pillar, and they opened to reveal a roomy interior. The B10 was followed closely by the larger-engined B21 and B20 GT Coupé, both of which featured a shortened wheelbase.

Lancia engineers were constantly improving the Aurelia, with a new iteration released nearly every year and constant improvements occurring over the subsequent models. The B22 Saloon was released with a larger 2.5-litre engine and dual Weber carburettors. The fourth series was introduced in 1954 and the Aurelia was wholly redesigned at this time, with the first open-topped model now available.

The fourth series shortened the wheelbase a further 20 centimetres from the GT and included the new De Dion tube suspension. For the first time, left-hand drive was made available, and these cars were marked by an “S”, for sinestra. The B24 Spider was also produced in 1954, and it was made specifically for the American market.

The Spider America was further improved upon during production, resulting in the B24 Convertible. The convertible is largely considered to be more elegant and all-around more practical, as it can be driven in foul weather. By replacing the panoramic windscreen with roll-down windows and opening the front quarter lights, a durable soft-top could be added. A one-piece chrome bumper replaced the split-bumper, and the convertible was given larger doors with handles. Only 521 of the Aurelia B24 Convertibles were made, and they remain a fiercely desired car today.

The car offered here, chassis number B24S-1602, was built as a 1958 model between 27 March and 26 May, and it was originally finished in Grigio with a red leather interior. The interior features beautifully appointed upholstery, which faces a metallic-finished dashboard with proper gauges and a beautiful wood-rimmed steering wheel. As a later-series car, it was equipped with both headlamps and driving lights, resulting in a distinctive and unique “face”. It was also equipped with a rare removable hardtop. It is presently powered by a fourth-series B20 engine from 1955.

This is an attractive, highly desirable example of one of Lancia’s finest 1950s creations.



Motore 6 cilindri a V di 60° di 2.451 cc con un albero a camme in testa, 118 cv, cambio manuale a 4 marce, sospensione anteriore a ruote indipendenti del tipo a cannocchiale con ammortizzatori iraulici telescopici, sospensione posteriore a ruote semi-indipendenti ad assale rigido (ovvero tipo De-Dion), con barra di reazione trasversale, balestre semi-ellittiche asimmetriche e ammortizzatori idraulici telescopici, freni a tamburo a comando idraulico. Passo: 2.451 mm

• Una di sole 521 prodotte
• Equipaggiata con il raro hardtop
• Auto sportiva italiana degli anni '50 di grande interesse

Essendo la prima Lancia prodotta completamente nel dopoguerra, l'Aurelia doveva essere qualcosa di nuovo. Certamente lo era, partendo dalla superba B10 e finendo con la più stilisticamente sofisticata B24 Convertibile.

L'aspetto più affascinante di questa nuova Lancia era proprio il primo motore V-6 di grande produzione. Esteticamente, la B10 era bellissima. La sua carrozzeria fabbricata da Pinin Farina era caratterizzata dall'assenza del montante centrale per via delle portiere anteriori incernierate davanti e di quelle posteriori controvento, che aprendosi rivelavano completamente l'interno spazioso. La B10 fu seguita subito dopo dalla più potente B21 e dalla B20 GT Coupé, entrambe caratterizzate da un passo ridotto.

Gli ingegneri della Lancia erano costantemente al lavoro per migliorare l'Aurelia e ogni anno i nuovi modelli immessi sul mercato presentavano migliorie. La B22 Berlina era stata presentata con un motore la cilindrata maggiorata a 2,5 litri e doppi carburatori Weber. La quarta serie fu introdotta nel 1954; era una serie dell' Aurelia completamente ridisegnata e comprendeva anche la prima versione scoperta.

La quarta serie presentava un passo ridotto di 20 centimetri rispetto alla GT e un ponte De Dion. Per la prima volta era disponibile la guida a sinistra e queste auto erano caratterizzate dalla lettera "S", per sinistra. La B24 Spider fu prodotta nel 1954 ed venne costruita appositamente per il mercato americano.

La Spider America fu successivamente sviluppata e migliorata durante la produzione, per poi diventare la B24 Cabriolet. Questa è considerata dal grande pubblico come la più elegante e la più pratica, visto che poteva essere guidata anche col cattivo tempo. Rimpiazzando semplicemente la parabrezza panoramico con una piu classica, aggiungendo dei finestrini a scomparsa e dei deflettori, la macchina poté essere dotata di una robusta cappotta in tela. Un paraurti cromato anteriore in un solo pezzo rimpiazzò quello precedente in due pezzi e si dotò la macchina di portiere più ampie con maniglie. Solo 521 esemplari della Aurelia B24 Convertibile furono prodotti e quest'auto rimane fra le più ardentemente desiderate al mondo.

L'auto qui offerta, il numero di telaio B24S-1602 fu costruita come modello del 1958 tra il 27 marzo e il 26 maggio e fu rifinita in Grigio con un interno in pelle rossa. L'interno è dotato di interni impeccabili, caratterizzati dal cruscotto verniciato con la strumentazione adeguata e un bellissimo volante in legno. Essendo uno degli ultimi modelli prodotti, è equipaggiata con i fari doppi, che donano alla macchina una sua caratteristica "faccia". Era inoltre disponibile un raro hardtop. Attualmente quest'auto monta un motore B20 quarta serie del 1955.

Questo è un attraente e desiderabile esempio di una delle migliori creazioni della Lancia negli anni '50.

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